FARM EDUCATOR, Kate bilezikian
Kate Bilezikian is a Norwell Schools alumna and is graduating from Eugene Lang College, The New School of Liberal Arts, with a degree in Environmental Studies. Kate found her love of learning through farming at the age of 8 when she joined her local 4H club. As a 4H’er Kate pursued the organization's motto of 'making the best better', including collecting food for the food drive, acting as an ambassador at the Marshfield Fair, and working with the summer campers as a CIT. More recently, Kate worked on a 1-acre farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn where she harvested for their CSA and connected with local schools to teach students about their local food landscape. Kate was previously the farm director at a summer camp on Cape Cod where she maintained a small field of organic crops and acted as steward to sheep, chickens, goats, and ducks. Kate also educated campers about the sustainable aspects of the farm like beekeeping and composting food from the dining hall. Today, Kate is working hard on finishing her thesis paper on how to encourage schools to integrate gardens and an environmentally conscious theme into their daily curriculum. In her free time, Kate enjoys knitting, she is currently working on a sweater made from local Massachusetts yarn!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, NORWELL FARMS non-profit
The Board acts as liaison with the Town of Norwell for the overall operation of the Farm, most recently working to hire a new farmer educator and raise funding to continue our mission. The Board also secured non-profit status to enable our community to make tax-deductible contributions in support of the Farm.
Sue Kirby, Treasurer
People always ask our Board members how we got involved in the farm and what we do here. Many of us began as volunteers in the fields or signed on to launch the non-profit after the Town Meeting vote. It has been exciting to watch the farm grow from its original 1.6 acres. We are proud to work alongside our farmers, our fellow board members and volunteers. It is inspiring to watch that ah-ha moment that happens on the farm - when suddenly dirt under your fingernails starts to feel like a badge of honor or a freshly picked carrot can take your breath away.
We love to instill that same excitement and see it come to light when a member of the community embraces the farm as much as we do. Norwell Farms, at our core, brings these two things together - food and community - and we celebrate both!
Norwell Board of Selectmen
Norwell Historical Commission
Norwell Conservation Commission
Historic New England
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