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Margiana Petersen-Rockney

Margiana works to help beginning farmers thrive.  She grew up on a dairy goat farm in Southeastern Mass, where her homeschooling experience was supplemented by farm work and exploring nature. She studied geology and biology at Brown University, while also leasing five acres and starting a CSA vegetable and livestock farm in nearby Rehoboth. For four years she managed all aspects of her 50 family vegetable CSA and pastured livestock operation. She developed an intensive internship program for young women interested in farming.  When her land lease ended at the end of 2012, Margiana decided to scale back her farm in order to dedicate more time to beginning farmer organizing work. In 2010 she began organizing a grassroots series of events for new farmers. With the help of the Wild Gift fellowship, she helped established the Young Farmer Network to respond to the need she saw for a stronger community among young and beginning farmers. She currently serves as the Food Literacy Project Coordinator at Harvard University, working with undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and the wider community to increase dialogue and education around food.

Tess Brown-Lavoie

Tess Brown-Lavoie is a first generation farmer. She learned how to grow food in city lots in Providence, and on rooftops in New York City. After various on-farm jobs and apprenticeships from the Scottish Highlands to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and graduating from the Gallatin School at NYU with a degree in American Studies, she moved to Providence and co-founded Sidewalk Ends Farm. Tess is a farm educator and organizer, using Sidewalk Ends as both a success story in this work, and a case study for the challenges faced by young and beginning farmers. She works on regional and national farm policy, serving on the New England Farmers Board of Directors, and on the National Young Farmers Coalition Advisory Committee. Tess has also served on the Rhode Island Food Policy Council since early 2013. She works for the Rhode Island Agricultural Partnership, in part as the Young Farmer liaison.

Sarah Turkus

Sarah Turkus began farming in 2010 after cultivating lifelong interests in food and getting her hands dirty. She studied religion and the ethics of food movements at Haverford College. While writing her thesis, Sarah nursed hundreds of alium and tomato seedlings in her apartment so she could begin her first farming endeavor days after her graduation. Since then she has interspersed farming seasons with her other love, education and youth development. Sarah has developed and executed environmental and STEM-focused curricula for elementary and middle school students in her native New Jersey and in Rhode Island. She grows vegetables and flowers at Sidewalk Ends Farm in Seekonk, MA.  Sarah serves on the board of NOFA/RI.


Supporters of YFN

YFN is a chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition, helping to connect us to a national policy voice.

YFN is supported by the Rhode Island Ag Partnership. 

We strive to work cooperatively with our neighbor organizations, The New CT Farmer Alliance and The Beginning Farmer Network of Mass.