Jonathan Duffy grew up in New York City where he became a fledgling naturalist during visits to the Museum of Natural History and summers in the Hudson Valley. He studied Political Science at the University of New Hampshire where he organized and was president of the service workers’ union. Over the years, he has lived in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the West of Ireland, working in a variety of professions: cabinet maker, museum exhibits fabricator, project manager, entrepreneur. In 2002 Jonathan settled in The Plains, Virginia to manage Kinloch Farm. He is proud to say that the farm's apiary and grass-fed cattle operations are Certified Naturally Grown. Kinloch is a leader in restoring and managing wildlife habitat, and Jonathan serves on the Smithsonian Virginia Working Landscapes Advisory Board. When there is time to spare, he enjoys landscape painting, boat building, and sailing with his wife Jamie along the coast of Maine.
After working in the food industry for 6 years and seeing the need for positive environmental changes in the South, Andrew started working with local farmers in Northeast Georgia. He has always been drawn to Southern Appalachia, even after many years living throughout the US and world travels. In 2013, Andrew began helping with a small farmer-centric nonprofit and was brought on as Project Coordinator for a USDA Value-Added Producers Grant. This grant significantly increased small-scale chemical-free producer sales in the region, and he continues to help farmers and customers connect through events, markets, and community education efforts. With a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of North Georgia, Andrew currently works with children through STEM-based environmental educational programs, co-manages a regional farmers market, and organizes the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network to promote environmentally conscious food production throughout Northeast Georgia.
Elizabeth Weller, Secretary
Amazing Heart Farm
While studying religion and philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College, Elizabeth pursued her love of farming during summer breaks, working two summers at an orchard in West Virginia, and a third on a small farm just outside Lexington, VA. After graduating from college, Elizabeth worked as the Harvest Barn work leader at Gould Farm, a therapeutic farm community in Western MA. After spending several years in the field of social work, Elizabeth pursued her Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School. During her time there, she volunteered with local small farms such as the Food Project, Serving Ourselves Farm, and the Blue Heron. Upon graduation, she and her husband moved to a small town just outside of Gettysburg, PA where Elizabeth owns and operates Amazing Heart Farm, a Community Supported Agriculture program that focuses on building community through healing work, healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. You can learn more about her work at http://amazingheartfarm.com.
Working Over Thyme Farm
A lawyer and public health expert by training, Ross founded Working Over Thyme Farm in 2012 with his partner Leah. Using dozens of shop lights and a bit of creativity, Ross and Leah started by growing thousands of vegetable seedlings for DC-area urban gardeners. Today, Working Over Thyme is a full-scale, diverse vegetable farm supplying area households and restaurants. Ross also practices law, helping a wide variety of health-care companies and innovators achieve their business goals and navigate Federal regulatory agencies. He maintains an active pro-bono practice, helping non-profits, small businesses and healthcare providers with their legal needs. Prior to his work as an attorney, Ross worked as a public health researcher at George Washington University and held several positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ross received his B.A. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and received his law degree and Masters in Public Health from the George Washington University. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee with Leah and their crazy dog Ruby.