Staff & Board
Board of Directors
A significant amount of Common Ground Farm’s activities are driven through our committees which are composed of volunteer members working collaboratively with our board and staff. We welcome new committee members! To join a committee, email email@example.com.
The Farm Committee is dedicated to supporting the Farm Manager and Farm Crew in their hard work and dedication to growing healthy food with restorative and sustainable practices. We are dedicated to our food justice work of distributing good food throughout the food pantries, soup kitchens, and markets in the greater Beacon community.
The Education Committee is dedicated to supporting the Education Director to put together an exciting line up of programs for children and adults, including after-school and preschool programming for children of various ages, summer camp, school field trips, chef visits to the local elementary schools, and adult workshops.
Development & Communications
The Development & Communications Committee focuses on supporting the organization's fundraising and communications initiatives, including grant writing, securing in-kind and individual donations, coordinating fundraising projects and outreach events, media outreach, and the creation of annual reports and other materials. It also includes our Events Committee, which focuses on the Firefly Feast, the Autumn Harvest Dinner, and the Winter Benefit Auction.
The Finance Committee focuses on the development of the annual budget, while providing guidance to the staff throughout the year, and providing oversight of the general bookkeeping for the organization.
The Farmer's Market Committee is comprised of approximately 1/3 board members and 2/3 Beacon community members, and is designed to support the Farmer's Market Manager in operating robust farmers markets that expand our mission of food justice, access, and education.
Meet the Team
photo by Meredith Heur
Susan oversees Common Ground Farm's land, crop production, distribution, farm crew, food justice programs, and farm partnerships. She is committed to reforming the modern food system through sustainable agriculture and working to ensure all people have access to healthful foods.
Susan joined Common Ground in 2015 after spending three seasons working and learning on farms in New York and Italy. She completed the farm apprenticeship at Glynwood in Cold Spring, NY, where she received training and experience in vegetable production, farm planning, and financial management. Prior to farming, Susan worked on social and environmental justice public policy issues at a Washington, D.C. non-profit. She holds a B.A. from Brandeis University.
Sember oversees educational programs, including Preschool on the Farm, Farm Camp, adult workshops, and Farm to School programming. Sember grew up in Denver, CO, and went to Oberlin College, where she double majored in Environmental Studies and Art. She later moved to New York City to pursue an MFA at Pratt Institute. Out of school, she worked as an art teacher in the South Bronx, and then as Education Coordinator at Lehman College Art Gallery. Sember moved with her family to Beacon in 2011 and was thrilled to become Common Ground Farm's Education Director where she could directly influence positive food choices in kids, in addition to helping people of all ages foster connections to the earth and become more self sufficient.
Sember is very passionate about food--she loves to cook and share good meals with family and friends. This is rooted in her deep interest in supporting sustainable, local food systems. She believes that these food systems must be accessible to all and she is passionate about creating change to make this happen. Sember also loves art and enjoys finding ways to get the participants in her classes messy and creative.
Sarah is happy to continue at Common Ground for a second season in the field, and excited for the new opportunity to manage the Beacon Farmers' Market. After studying literature and dance in college and teaching for a year, she followed her heart to a vegetable farm in Maine, and after that first season was drawn to Beacon by the mission and values of Common Ground. She has loved being part of this wonderful town and organization, and looks forward to building up the market as a place of vibrant local commerce and community in the upcoming year. She also enjoys drinking coffee, reading, and exploring nearby hikes and lakes. Sarah holds a B.A. from Princeton University.
Kundi joined Common Ground in 2016 as Administrative Manager. Kundi has lived and worked in the Hudson Valley for over a decade, and is dedicated to helping others through her multifaceted background. Over the last three season she has been supporting Common Ground Farm as volunteer Chair of Events, as well as working as a licensed real estate sales person for Gate House Realty. She has recently volunteered for the Beacon Soup Kitchen, and was formerly a President of the Wee Play Community Project. She is an active runner and hiker, and can occasionally be found on trails, in swimming holes, and at local farms enjoying the best food this region has to offer.