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Mike Rassweiler
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Mike Rassweiler

Mike Rassweiler began farming at North Slope Farm, in Central New Jersey, in 1995. North Slope was Certified Organic starting in 1997. Mike got his start farming...

Tessa Desmond, PhD
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Tessa Desmond, PhD

Tessa Lowinske Desmond is a farmer and a scholar. She is currently a Lecturer and Associate Research Scholar in American Studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on food politics, agrarian thought, racial justice and multiethnic literature. She also owns and operates Firefly Homestead Farm. Desmond earned her PhD in Literary Studies and Master’s...

Jacqueline Ricotta, PhD
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Jacqueline Ricotta, PhD

Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Jackie Ricotta graduated from Cornell University and went on to receive a Master’s degree from North Carolina State University and a doctorate from the University of Illinois, both in Horticulture. Her specialization was vegetable production and pest control. As a professor of horticulture at Delaware Valley University, she teaches courses in...

Kim Rizk, Treasurer
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Kim Rizk, Treasurer

Kim Rizk is a native of Bucks County where she grew on a farm and in the hospitality business. Kim studied art, language and cooking in Northern Italy and Southern France. During a 12-year tenure at the Hay Day Country Markets, a Connecticut based group of specialty farmers markets, Kim managed the bakery and cheese...

Stephanie Harris, President
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Stephanie Harris, President

Stephanie Harris has been farming in Hopewell, NJ, for 26 years, growing fruits and vegetables, and raising sheep, chickens, ducks, and bees.  She is one of the founding members of NOFA-NJ, and has taken a particularly active role in running educational events, such as the Organic Country Fair, the Winter Conference, the Garden to Table...

Cali Alexander, M.A.
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Cali Alexander, M.A.

Cali Alexander recently transitioned after completing a 35 year career in environmental science and law as a Public Health Administrator. As a licensed Health Director, Cali managed and delivered years of public services and programs at the local level. Her experience includes extensive land use review and environmental law, as well as retail food inspection...

Al Johnson, Vice President
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Al Johnson, Vice President

Al has been a NOFA member since 1978 and previously served on NOFA-NJ’s BOD for 7 years in the 1980s and 90s.  He was the first Education Coordinator for NOFA-VT, organizing their first series of “On-Farm” workshops and the first Winter Seminar which became the predecessor to the NOFA chapter’s Winter Conferences.  He farmed and...

Alec Gioseffi
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Alec Gioseffi

With nearly ten years experience working in the food industry and the help of his wife, friends, contemporaries, and community members, Alec started a workers’ cooperative community farm that grows food for 65 families, supplies food to nine local restaurants in Princeton, and holds events and volunteer work days to help raise awareness of how...

Joseph Heckman, PhD
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Joseph Heckman, PhD

Drinking farm fresh milk was part of life for Joseph Heckman growing up on an organic dairy farm in Darke County Ohio. After earning degrees in Agronomy from The Ohio State University and University of Maryland, and a doctorate in Soil Science from North Carolina State University, Dr. Heckman became a Professor of Soil Science...

Lucia Stout Huebner, Secretary
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Lucia Stout Huebner, Secretary

Chair of NOFANJ’s Nominating Committee, Lucia and her husband Charlie raise grass-fed beef and lamb on their 58 acre grass farm, Beechtree Farm, in Hopewell, New Jersey. The Huebners preserved their farm in 2006. They sell their pastured meat at four regular farm markets as well as from their farm store. Lucia is active in...