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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, canning hot sauce (made with all those hot peppers), or driving his red pickup truck.

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Sara Rostampour

Assistant Farm Manager

Sara promoted vegetables as a nutrition educator for several years with Spanish-speaking families in Minneapolis before moving to the northeast to start farming. While she is a great fan of all vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers, she has been delighted to integrate the bountiful New England turnip harvest into her diet. As a native Minnesotan who frequently commutes by bicycle, she appreciates Boston's relatively mild winters and is looking forward to a long, warm growing season.

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Emma Chinitz

Assistant Grower & Maple Producer

Emma grew up in nearby Acton as an extremely active and energetic kid. She spent most of her time in and out of various dance classes, as well as participating in any form of outdoor activity. In 2015 she graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. Because of her deep interest to constantly learn new things, Emma sought out farm employment at Land’s Sake, where she started out as a part-time Field Crew member and loved it so much she eventually became a full-time Assistant Grower. Emma also works as a group fitness instructor and teaches classes in nearby towns. In her spare time, Emma can be found taking her weekly jazz dance classes in Boston, cooking and baking, spending time with her family, and doing anything that involves being outside and active.

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Hannah Degner

Assistant Grower & Maple Producer

Hannah "Hammock" Degner was born in Houston, TX at the dawn of NAFTA agricultural trade reforms, which dislocated millions of Mexican agricultural workers and continued the swallowing up of American small farms by mega agribusinesses. While not directly affected by this breakdown of the American (and Mexican) dream, it set the stage for Hammock's current role as assistant to the forestry coordinator and esteemed farm "Grower." Personal interests include striped shirts, gathering free tote bags, and avoiding over-caffeination. She strives every day to be neither too hot, nor too cold. Hammock is especially excited to set up irrigation for this year's impending extreme drought (or extreme wet/disease conditions; could go either way).

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Marga Hutcheson

Administrative Coordinator

Growing up in Weston, Marga enjoyed participating in GreenPower and walking in conservation land. She has a B.A. in Religion and Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College. Her first job after college was making concertinas at the Button Box in Sunderland, MA; she then went on to work at several non-profits, all with a gardening and community development bent. In 2015, she received a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy at Tufts University. She is happy to have recently moved back to Weston and loves her ten minute walking commute through the woods to the Land’s Sake offices at the Melone House! On the weekends she enjoys running, knitting and sewing, as well as making bread, pickles, and yogurt.

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Anna Cohen

Education Manager

Anna grew up in Massachusetts, spending as much time outdoors as possible and tending to the flowers and vegetables in her garden. She attended The Evergreen State College where she studied education and agricultural science, earning her Bachelor of Science. After graduating, she worked at an elementary school in Oakland, CA, where she started a school garden with her second grade after school class. She moved back to Boston to attend Lesley University and graduated with a Master of Education in 2014. Anna is happiest when connecting people with nature. She is committed to working towards a healthier, greener future and is thrilled to be able to help inspire the next generation to love vegetables, community, and the Earth. Anna also works as an herbalist after having studied the beneficial uses of local plants.

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