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Pam Hess

Executive Director

Pam has more than 20 years of experience in conservation and environmental education management, non-profit management, and strategic planning. She has a passion for the outdoors, which she attributes to spending most of her early days "outside running around exploring" and working on a farm in Pennsylvania. For 13 years, Pam was the Director of Youth Engagement and Education for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). Before joining AMC, Pam served as a refuge manager and outreach specialist for over a decade with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Most recently, Pam was Executive Director of Healthy Waltham. Pam holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont and a M.S. in Environmental Education from the University of Wisconsin.

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Erik Baum

Farm & Forestry Manager

Erik was born and raised in Eastern Massachusetts, and has been farming since he was 16. He has worked at Lindentree, Land’s Sake, Heirloom Harvest, Mainstone Farm, and most recently left his own farming operation, Three Oak Farm, to join us once again at Land’s Sake as Farm Manager. He has experience in all aspects of farming including livestock, vegetable production, forestry, and maple sugaring. Erik has a self-admitted, “unhealthy” obsession with growing hot peppers and a soft spot for antique tractors. In his spare time Erik can be found fishing, reading, or canning hot sauce (made with all those hot peppers).

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Julia “JT” Toropov

Farm Crew

JT was born and raised on the North Shore of Massachusetts next-door to her grandparents' sheep farm. A childhood of tree-climbing and digging around in her grandma's garden lead her to study Environmental Science & Sociology at Simmons College. It was there that she developed her fascination with food as the barometer for both social and environmental well-being. She is now happy to be pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture and to have found a home here at Land's Sake, growing beautiful things with crazy people. You may spot her kneeling in the flower garden or rearranging kale in the CSA tent. When she isn't nerding out over plants, JT can be found hiking, making soup, practicing yoga, or playing dungeons and dragons.

Liam “Dave” Donahue

Farm Crew

A native of Massachusetts, this is Liam’s first full year at Land’s Sake after working here over summer breaks during his time at Dickinson College. At school he studied history, worked on the College farm, and led the College fencing club. He particularly enjoys cutting firewood and loves using chainsaws. Music aficionado, recreational athletics enthusiast, and avid people person, when not at work Liam is to be found sabre fencing, rock climbing, or playing guitar.

Heather Hilton

Business Manager

Heather is the official party planner at Land’s Sake! A Massachusetts native from the neighboring city of Waltham, and Boston sports nut, she also spent time living in San Diego, CA and Austin, TX. Having extensive experience in retail, illustration and floral design, she strives to bring her creative flare and inspired love of the outdoors to the organization. Heather is the go to for all things retail, community events & floral workshops. The Land’s Sake community has been so welcoming, and she is looking forward to seeing familiar faces and hoping to make new friends throughout the season!

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