The Natural Farmer’s Advisory Committee helps guide the paper’s decision-making processes, develops editorial guidelines, expands our methods of promoting equity and racial justice, and broaden the paper’s reach.
Xóchitl Ahtziri is from the Nutmeg state where she grows organic fruits, vegetables, and flowers for a non-profit in New Haven. She loves agriculture because she can both spiritually connect to her indigenous ancestors and provide sustenance to neighborhoods that have limited access to healthy produce.
Bobcat Bonagura (he/him), is a farmer, musician, educator, new father, and more. He is a co-owner of Main Street Farms, a diversified organic vegetable and hemp farm in Cortland, NY. Bobcat recently served 3 years on the NOFA-NY board of directors and serves on the education committee.
Holli Cederholm (she/her), first apprenticed on an organic farm in 2005 and has since immersed herself in organic agriculture as a farmer, advocate and writer. She is the editor of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, the quarterly publication of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), and resides in rural Maine.
Elizabeth Henderson farmed at Peacework Farm in Wayne County, New York, producing organically grown vegetables for one of the first CSAs in the country. She co-chairs the NOFA-IC Policy Committee, and represents NOFA on the Board of the Agricultural Justice Project and as the delegate to IFOAM-OI. She serves as Honorary President of Urgenci, the International CSA Network.
Angela Highsmith (she/her), MA, has practiced herbalism for over 20 years and is in the process of getting her Permaculture Design Certificate. She loves to cultivate weeds, forage and use what’s naturally growing around her for food, medicine and crafts.
Elissa Johnson (she/her), is a rooftop farmer, elder-caregiver, wildcrafter, and educator currently living in upstate New York. She has lived and worked in three NOFA states and is passionate about community building, queer ecology, and climate resilience in our food system.
Sarah Norton is a Vermont farmer and was the NOFA-VT Director from 1979-1984. She was a founding member of NOFA and continues to be involved today.
Christa Núñez (she/her), NY, is the founder and Director of CAN Cooperative Media, the Learning Farm, and Khuba International. She has over 20 years of filmmaking and storytelling experience, as well as 12 years of experience in nature, farm and garden-based, equity-focused education. Through her organizations, as well as with community organizations such as Black Farmers United, Christa prioritizes increasing equitable access to food, land, and nature for displaced youth and families and to sharing stories that center BIPOC people in dignity-affirming ways.
Leila Rezvani, they/them, is a farmworker and aspiring seed grower currently based in western Mass, Pocumtuc and Nipmuc land. They are excited about agrobiodiversity, farmworker organizing, queer- and POC-centered agricultural projects, building a regional open-pollinated seed system, and seed rematriation. They are thrilled to serve on TNF’s advisory committee and learn from other folks who love working with land, plants, soil and community.
Richard Robinson (he/him), is a full-time vegetable and Christmas tree farmer at Hopestill Farm and part-time science writer, from Sherborn, MA. He has helped edit TNF for more than a year.
Chris Travis, is a Soil and Water Conservation District Technician in Onondaga County, NY. He is a graduate of SUNY ESF with a BS in Plant Biology and a Masters in Environmental Management. This season he and his wife are running a cut-flower production for the first time! Chris is an African-American male, pronouns are he/him.
About The Natural Farmer
For more than thirty years, The Natural Farmer (TNF) has been the quarterly, in print newspaper of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Interstate Council. In alignment with NOFA’s mission, TNF features organic farming techniques, certification issues, environmental developments as they impact farmers and growers, issues of food justice and other topics of interest to the Northeast organic community.
TNF intends to serve both as a voice of NOFA and to raise awareness within the NOFA community about important and timely issues related to organic agriculture. TNF is the only publication, electronic or in print, that is distributed to all seven NOFA state chapters as well as National and International subscribers. The paper is published and mailed quarterly in March, June, September and December to a readership of more than 5,500 households.
Advisory Committee Purpose, Composition, and Procedures
TNF’s Advisory Committee is forming for the first time! The purpose of the Committee is to support the TNF editor to produce a quarterly newspaper of high quality, readability, and interest to the membership of NOFA. That help may come in a variety of forms and may vary by the issue, the season, and the needs of the editor and the organization, but primarily focuses in three areas:
- Communications & Relations: Build and maintain relationships between TNF, the NOFA Interstate Council, the NOFA chapters, and the organic farming community in order to offer insight into the evolving needs of the NOFA members in order for the newspaper to best serve its readership,
- Editorial: Provide feedback, ideas, contacts, and other resources to the editor including but not limited to developing editorial guidelines, editing article submissions, writing newspaper content, and supporting a website redesign, and
- Equity: Support and expand TNF’s commitment and efforts towards social equity and antiracism.
Advisory Committee members bring a range of interests, skills, and networks to TNF. In order to fulfill its function, the Committee should include both those closely tied to NOFA chapters, and those who come from or have connections to the broader range of constituencies NOFA hopes to serve. Some members will be tied closely to individual NOFA chapters, as either staff or chapter board members and each chapter may seat one member of their choosing on the TNF Committee. Some members should come from or have connections to organic farming, land care, food justice, policy, homesteading, or gardening communities. Some members should have writing, publishing or communications experience. All members should have an interest, experience and/or a commitment to diversity, equity and antiracism.
Procedures & Time Commitment
The average time commitment expected from each member is between 12 and 30 hours annually, depending on what ways they commit to helping. The Committee meets quarterly for 2-3 hours, at a time to be chosen by the editor and a Doodle poll. The editor is responsible for convening the meetings of the Committee, setting the agenda, and facilitating the meetings, unless they designate someone else to do so. It is expected that the agenda includes, at a minimum, long-range planning for future issues, a progress report on the issue under production, and a budget vs. actual report. Members are expected to read and respond to occasional emails in a timely manner when issues arise and participate in at least one of the above-mentioned focus areas.
All Advisory Committee members are invited to serve for one year and may continue longer at the invitation of TNF’s editor. A member who misses two successive meetings may be asked by the editor to step down.
Advisory members who are not employed by NOFA are compensated with a stipend of $30/hour for both meetings and work contributing to the Committee’s purpose. Members must invoice the NOFA-IC/TNF quarterly to receive payment.
If you’re interested in joining TNF’s Advisory Committee, please complete this form. Submissions are always accepted and are reviewed on a rolling basis when there are open seats on the Committee. (If you have issues or need assistance with the Google Form, please contact TNF@nofa.org.)
NOFA-IC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected class. We encourage BIPOC, LGBTQAI+, and applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. NOFA-IC and TNF are committed to centering racial equity in our organization and in our advocacy work.