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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
Sara Sylvester joins the Common Ground team as the new Beacon Farmers' Market Manager. A small business owner and Beacon resident since 2008, Sara believes in making the market even more accessible to the community, profitable for vendors and fun for everyone! She'll be working closely with vendors, community members and the market committee to ensure it is meeting Common Ground's food justice mission, while supporting the local farms and businesses that are so vital to the Hudson Valley. In her free time, Sara enjoys exploring small towns, seeing live music and cooking for friends. Her background in textiles and home furnishings has given her a keen eye for beautiful design, and she loves to throw a good dance party!
Diana DiMuro joins Common Ground Farm in 2018 as its new Administrative Manager. With a background in English, Diana's love of the outdoors led her to a career change when she became an AmeriCorps volunteer with a conservation corps based in the Southwest. After working and living out west for several years, she returned to her native Hudson Valley, where she worked in gardening and later for the nonprofit, Walkway Over the Hudson. Missing plants and looking to further her knowledge, Diana recently participated in the one year intensive Horticultural program at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, NY. Diana loves cooking, drawing and occasionally rocking out on the piano or keyboard. She's an avid movie-goer and loves to garden. She is looking forward to also working on the farm this spring and summer!