March 2015 NOFA/Mass Newsletter

March 2015 Newsletter Northeast Organic Farming Association/ Massachusetts Chapter Inside this Issue: Beginning a geological audit pg 5 Korean Natural Farming Workshop - like kimchi or kraut for the soil! pg 4 Outreach season is ramping up - suggest an event and come say hi pg 3


Our monthly newsletter covers the latest policy issues, upcoming workshops, growing tips, and other exciting NOFA/Mass news and updates.

Transcript of March 2015 NOFA/Mass Newsletter

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March 2015 Newsletter

Northeast Organic Farming Association/ Massachusetts Chapter

Inside this Issue:

Beginning a geological audit

pg 5

Korean Natural Farming Workshop - like kimchi

or kraut for the soil!

pg 4

Outreach season is ramping up - suggest an event and come say hi

pg 3

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Newsletter Editor: Nicole BelangerCirculation: Christine RainvilleSubmissions: Nicole Belanger

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[email protected]: Nicole Belanger

From the EditorNicole Belanger, NOFA/Mass Communications

Director & Public Relations Coordinator

There’s an excitement of renewal that comes with spring: longer days, daylight savings, anticipation of green

and warmth. Seeing the edges of lawns and fields begin to melt and reveal snowless ground, we slowly ease into another season.

This issue of the newsletter contains some great practical insights and a number of ways to plug in to our work in the coming months. On page 9 Sharon Gensler reflects on her plans to feed and cultivate soil life this growing season. After the February Soil & Nutrition Conference, Derek Christianson focuses on geology, sharing a sense of excitement about the work happening with soils in our area: to analyze them at deeper depths and map them. Read his article and learn about useful self-education tools on page 5.

Back by popular demand this spring is Aaron Englander’s Korean Natural Farming workshop. On page 4 Englander describes the workshop setting, philosophy and what participants can expect. In his words, “…the best way I can describe Korean Natural Farming is like kimchi or sauerkraut - for the soil!”

Who knows when this white stuff will melt, but it will. Enjoy spring’s quickening pace, and take a moment to close your eyes and relish the sun’s warmth and vitality. Happy spring!


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Outreach season is ramping up - suggest an event and come say hiSharon Gensler, NOFA/Mass Outreach Program Coordinator

We’re all eager for spring, and March and April are full of events around the state that we hope to attend with our NOFA informational table.

Check out these dates (check the website for updates and rewards) and either volunteer to be our staffer or attend and stop by the table and talk with whomever is our representative. It’s lots of fun and a great way to be a part of NOFA/Mass.

Contact Sharon at [email protected]

Upcoming EventsMarch 15: Local Environmental Action, Northeastern UMarch 21: Mass Land Conservation Conference, WorcesterMarch 21: Master Gardener Symposium, South DeerfieldMarch 28: Mass Urban Farming Conference, WorcesterMarch 28-29: Just Food? Forum on Justice in the Food System, Harvard Law SchoolMarch 28: Master Gardener Symposium; HolyokeMarch 31: Mass Ag Day at the State HouseApril 11: Master Gardener Symposium, LenoxApril 16: MAPHN (Public Health Nurses) Conference, BrewsterApril 16: Pursuit of Sustainable Living Conference; DevensApril 18: Franklin Co. Home & Garden Show; GreenfieldApril 24: Earth Day at the Franklin Park Zoo April 25: Musketquid Earth Day; Concord

Building bridges between those who care

The State Agriculture Councils of The Humane Society of the United Statesseek to ensure that animal production is

humane and environmentally sustainable.

To learn more, visit

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Do you consider nature one of your best teachers? Are self-reliance and closed-looped systems part of your farm or garden design? Do you like to get your hands dirty and make your own compost and worm castings, or natural insect repellents from soap, hot pepper and garlic? If yes is your answer, then you may be interested in Korean Natural Farming!

On April 26, I will be leading a Korean Natural Farming Workshop at Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre, MA. Many Hands is run by organic farming veterans Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge and has been certified organic for nearly 30 years. Over the past year, Many Hands has incorporated Korean Natural Farming practices into their diverse operation of veggies, fruits and livestock. Korean Natural Farming fits nicely in Many Hands’ farming strategy, one that focuses on high quality soil fertility management with cover cropping, foliar sprays and re-mineralization, rotational grazing and crop rotation.

In this all-day workshop we will spend some time going over the basic philosophy and background of Korean Natural Farming. The majority of our time will be spent getting our hands dirty making and applying composts, inoculants and nutrient sprays. Workshop attendees can expect to learn how to make and apply Korean Natural Farming inputs such as Indigenous Microorganism (compost based soil inoculant); Fermented Plant Juice (plant nutrient spray); Fermented Fish Amino Acid (fish emulsion); and others. In short, the best way I can describe Korean Natural Farming is like kimchi or sauerkraut - for the soil!

The Korean Natural Farming workshop is a hands-on experience that encourages all to actively participate. In my experience, participants have a fun and learn a lot. Many Hands Organic Farm is an ideal place for us all to learn more about Korean Natural Farming and how to work with Mother Nature in order to be truly sustainable. Please join us if you are interested!

“…a farm comes closest to its own essence when it can be conceived of as a kind of independent individuality, a self-contained entity. In reality, every farm ought to aspire to this state of being self-contained individuality. This state cannot be achieved completely, but it needs to be approached.”

-Rudolf Steiner, 1924

For more information and to register

Korean Natural Farming Workshop - like kimchi or kraut for the soil!Aaron Englander, M.S. - Erickson Fields Preserve Farm and Program Manager

Preparing Fish Amino Acid at 2014 KNF Workshop

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Beginning a geological auditDerek Christianson, Farmer and NOFA/Mass Board MemberIt’s snowing again… a good excuse for more wintertime reading and celebrating the bountiful winter conditions with the family.

I really appreciated the perspective John Slack (Boreal Agrominerals, Ontario, Canada) brought to this year’s Soil & Nutrition Conference. His presentation on the “Agricultural Landscape: The Geochemical Province” inspired a trip to the library to pick up James Skehan’s Roadside Geology of Massachusetts. John Slack is fond of testing soils well beyond the top 6” weak acid Morgan analysis… favoring a deep soil analysis, examining soils through the A, B, & C horizon using a stronger Aqua Regia extract to determine geochemistry; with a bit of help from US Geological Service – (USGS) Maps. I’m really excited to learn that John Slack will be working with the Bionutrient Food Association to carry out a soils mapping project in the Northeast this April. As John mentioned several times during the Soil & Nutrition Conference, he is in favor of “local rocks for local crops, and the exploration and development of local agrominerals.”

For those looking for a quick perspective of Massachusetts Geology – Check out the article by Barosh & Miller (.pdf) posted on the Environmental Engineering Geologists Website. Of course there is always the Wikipedia perspective as well.

I found the Bedrock Geological Map of Massachusetts (published in 1983) on the USGS website and also their online maps quite helpful. Check out their Digital Geological Maps by State, to learn about your state. In my exploration I learned something new, we’ve got Alaskite (an alkali granite) as the bedrock under the Brix Bounty Farm on Bakerville Road in Dartmouth, MA.

MIT Open Courseware has an Introduction to Geology Course available for those looking to gain a basic introduction to the topic.

The geological audit, as described by John Slack in his presentation on the “Agricultural Landscape: The Geochemical Province” can help bring clarity to the farm. Through obtaining a deeper understanding of the origins and organization of the chemistry that is displayed as minerals in the soil profile, one can make more sound decisions in forming agricultural practices that will coax this chemistry into living things.

Enjoy your own exploration into this deeper and exciting relationship with the land.

2015 Soil & Nutrition Conference - Northampton, MA

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Homesteading observations: Fostering the Soil Food WebSharon Gensler, Homesteader and NOFA/Mass Outreach Coordinator

Well, at first I thought I’d expound rhapsodically about the snow, but realized many of you are probably tired of hearing about and dealing with that topic. I am enjoying it, however we only have about 30 inches still on the ground, though more is falling as I type. I do understand and sympathize with the problems it has caused to coastal city dwellers and to folks with large animals. Luckily our chickens have a covered outdoor winter run allowing them to have fresh air, soil (frozen!) and sunshine. A friend was telling me she is having a hard time digging out for her goats and keeping the electric fences operative. I know here at Wild Browse Farm, I had to turn the electric fence off as it was being buried by fresh snow and wind driven drifts. Good luck to all of you keeping your selves, families, animals, hoop houses and pipes safe.

Buried under that insulating blanket of snow in gardens, fields, pastures and woodlands is our most precious resource - soil. Recently, I read a study that brought a smile to my face and confirmed what many of us KNOW in our hearts. Gardening not only feeds our body but also our soul and our emotional well-being.

Microbiologists at The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, found that feeding mice a bacteria, (Mycobacterium vaccae), which is commonly found in soil, increased their levels of serotonin, decreased anxiety and increased positive brain function. The bacteria stimulated growth of certain neurons in the brain that resulted in decreased anxiety and increased ability to learn. These mice were twice as fast at learning how to navigate a complicated maze than regular mice. Maybe that’s why the voles in my garden constantly outwit me!

The researchers suggested that just walking through the woods or working in a garden would give the same benefits without having to eat our precious soil. This effect is not permanent but needs to be renewed every few weeks. But that’s not a problem for those of us “addicted” to gardening as we’ve been unknowingly renewing our serotonin levels regularly. I’m hopeful that all those Mycobacterium vaccae and their friends are cozy under their snow blanket and are awaiting

spring as much as I am.

This study also reminded me of other studies concerning asthma and allergies. Again evidence points to increased health and fewer allergies for those exposed to the widest array of microbes, from soil, animals and plants. Continued exposure, starting at a young age is recommended. So, even if you don’t live on a farm or homestead or don’t have a garden, you can make field trips to your local CSA or farm stand and reap the benefits not only of nutritious food but also of farm microbes!

However, make sure it’s an organic or sustainable farm where the soil life is alive and diverse. Organic growing is about nurturing and growing the soil first, then healthy plants and animals will

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follow. As we know, petro-chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides are detrimental to our health when ingested. They are also poisonous to soil life, from worms to the tiniest of bacteria, fungi and other microbes. Let’s all get involved creating a healthy environment on many levels from our food to our recreation. How about getting our schools and community parks to use organic practices, so that time spent lazing on the lawn can be a healthy experience.

Every time I read about some new scientific “discovery” it reminds me of how much we really don’t know about the millions of creatures that live in soil. It has been fascinating to attend workshops and continue to learn about this fantastic underground world, and how I can help create microbial habitats. Mulching, cover cropping, encouraging diversity, and no-till garden practices all help.

This summer I’m hoping to inter-crop vegetables with some edible mushrooms. Graham, our 15-year-old neighbor and homestead mentee, has become an avid fungus guy! He has taught himself to identify and harvest many wild edible mushrooms from the surrounding woods. He has also started culturing spores and propagating edibles for the garden. So, he’ll learn some veggie growing techniques from me, and with any luck I will learn about mushrooms and the garden will benefit from the addition of new strains of fungi, a la Paul Stamets.

The more I learn about the soil-food-web, the more I believe the truth of one of my favorite mottos: “It is not a case of survival of the fittest... it is rather a case of flourishment of the most cooperative.” So, stay warm and cozy under your blankets and dream of ways to support your soil microbe friends. Let’s all work to keep that web alive and thriving.

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To organic farmers everywhere for treating their animals and the earth with care and treating us with some of the finest organic ingredients around, thanks.Howe Farm, VTOne of the Organic Valley family farms that supply milk for our yogurt

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Looking for help? Have something to sell? Have land to lease? Place a classified ad!

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Experienced Hand Milker for Urban Goat Yard + GardensContact: Hale Sofia Schatz; [email protected] organic urban goat yard & gardens is seeking a person who has experience with hand milking and organic gardening. We are seeking a steady, strong, sensitive person who is familiar with holistic health and has experience with milking goats and loves gardening. We can offer two rooms with private bath and small kitchenette in a historic home on public transportation in Lexington in exchange for 20 hours/week for goat and garden care.

Responsibilities include: Hand milking four Nigerian goats, 1x/day; Daily foraging in nearby pasture and conservation areas (via our car, must have driver’s license); Keeping goat yard stocked with fresh seasonal forage branches from nearby recycling area; General care, feeding of goats, and cleaning of small barn/shed; Support with yogurt and cheese making; Seasonal work in the gardens using manure/compost materials, planting, pruning. Please send your resume to [email protected].

Upcoming Workshops in Wendell Homestead/Backyard PoultryContact: Sharon Gensler & Pru Smith;; 978-544-6347Saturday, April 11 - 10am to 1pm. We will have a hands on demonstration of our equipment and poultry infrastructure. We will discuss your set up and its readiness for the arrival of chicks/poults. Please bring sketches, plans or photos of your infrastructure. Co-sponsored by the Wendell Agricultural Commission. Requested donation: $20-30. Please, pre-register.

Garden/Homestead Cover Crops Through the Garden Season Saturdays: April 18; May 23; & Aug 29 -10am to 1pm. Each session builds upon the previous one thus taking the full series is recommended. Cover cropping is not difficult and is an important tool for increasing soil fertility and growing nutritious food. We’ll explore the reasons for and the practical implementation of growing cover crops on a small scale in the vegetable garden, pasture and orchard. We’ll practice hands on planning, planting, and management of cover crops throughout the growing season. Class size 10 people maximum; please pre-register. Fee schedule: $30.00/class; series $80.00. Space permitting, no one will be turned away for lack of cash. Barter will be considered.

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Community Happenings

Farm Share Fair 2015Thursday, March 19First Church Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Support local farmers. Buy direct. Compare all the great Farm Share (CSA) programs available in the Boston area. Veggies. Fruit. Meat. Poultry. Cheese. Herbs. Flowers. Chocolate. Wine. Meet awesome local food producers with distribution spots in the Boston area. The Farm Share Fair is the Boston area’s direct-to-consumer marketing event for food producers across Massachusetts. FREE. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

3rd Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming ConferenceSaturday, March 28 - 8am to 5:30pmWorcester State University, Worcester, MA Network with Massachusetts’ diverse, multi-sector stakeholders at this dynamic gathering, designed to advance urban farming issues ranging from farming techniques, business models to policy and food security. The UFC contributes to short-term and long-term state-wide strategic planning for a sustainable food system in Massachusetts. Purchase your tickets today, this event will sell out!

Just Food? Forum on Justice in the Food SystemSaturday & Sunday, March 28 - 29Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Everybody eats, but do you eat Just Food? The conference will explore the intersections between social, economic, and environmental justice and the food system. Our goal is to educate participants, empower them to make positive change, and engage them in the food community.

Registration and more at


USDA 2014 Organic Survey Open until April 3The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Organic Survey will gather detailed data on U.S. organic agriculture production. The survey is a complete inventory of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification, and transitioning to certified organic production. Conducted by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Organic Survey is a result of this growing demand for organic agricultural products and data. Those producers who received the Organic Survey by mail are encouraged to respond. The responses will provide important and detailed information to help determine the economic impact of organic production, and this information will help USDA

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develop programs and services for organic crop and livestock producers. Farmers and ranchers can fill out the survey online via a secure website, by April 3, 2015.

PTSD + Farming: Requesting Research ParticipantsI am recruiting potential candidates to take my online, anonymous survey, assessing the benefits of farm work for individuals with a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I am looking for individuals who have worked on a farm for at least one growing season (6 months) within the past 2 years, have a diagnosis of PTSD that preceded the farm experience, are at least 18 years old, and can read and write in English. Individuals could range from occasional volunteers, paid workers, interns, workshares and is meant to allow for a range of working experiences.

Make your voice heard and help create the next generation of new vegetable varieties for organic farmers!This organic vegetable breeding needs assessment survey is being conducted as part of the Vegetable Breeding Program of Cornell University. They are seeking input from vegetable growers using organic production methods across the Northeast to guide current and future breeding. A similar assessment of growers’ needs was done ten years ago; the responses they received then helped inform their breeding priorities.If you are a vegetable grower in the Northeast using organic growing practices (regardless of whether your farm is certified organic), they’d like to hear from YOU.Please click on the following link to participate:

USDA Grants Standard Eligible Lender Status to Avidia BankAvidia Bank was granted Standard Eligible Lender status for the Farm Service Agency guaranteed farm loan program in Worcester and Middlesex Counties in Massachusetts. The Standard Eligible Lender (SEL) program is designed for lenders who have experience in making and servicing farm loans but who have little or no previous experience with FSA guaranteed loans. SEL status is granted for the purpose of allowing lenders to make and service these loans. More info at

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NOFA/Mass Workshops & Events

Visit for workshop additions and updates.

Fruit Growing Series: Principally PeachesSunday, March 22 - 2pm to 4pm Old Frog Pond Farm, Harvard, MA Cost: NOFA/Mass Member $25; Non-member $30 Peach trees are both beautiful and generous. With a little care peach trees are delightfully delicious, early bearing and relatively easy to grow. During this hands-on, interactive workshop, we will look at peach varieties and practical care of trees. We will review borers, pruning, and tell-tale mineral deficiencies. We will also discuss irrigation and some recipes for foliar spraying, as well as briefly discuss other members of the Prunus family, namely nectarines and almonds. Presenter: Charlotte Trim

Growing Vegetables For Health, Quality, and Profit - A Season Long SeriesSunday, March 22 - 2pm to 5:30pmSunday, June 14 - 2pm to 5:30pmSunday, September 13 - 2pm to 5:30pmBrix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MACost: Entire Series: NOFA/Mass Member $90; Non-member $112Individual Workshop: NOFA/Mass Member $36; Non-member $45Learn about profitable, small-scale vegetable production throughout the 2015 growing season at Brix Bounty Farm. Participants will see and experience how Brix Bounty’s production evolves from early season fertility and plant propagation to mid-season management and fall harvest rhythms. The workshops will focus on the practices and key information essential to grow and sustain this commercial farm. Each workshop will build on information presented in previous sessions. Attendees are highly encouraged to register for the full series. Presenter: Derek Christianson

Workshop 1: March 22 - Finding Your Niche and Honoring Your Passion: Crop Enterprise Budgets; Planning the Season; Greenhouse Seedling Production; and “Bio-Builder” Field Sprays - a focus on alliums, lettuce, and tomato starts in the greenhouse.

Winter Greens Workshop Series: Growing Greens on a Homestead ScaleSunday, April 5 - 10am to 1pm Noonday Farm, Winchendon Springs, MA Cost: NOFA/Mass member $25; Non-member $30 This workshop will be divided into two parts. First, Bob will cover the designs of the greenhouse attached to the home and the root cellar. Participants will learn all the structural and design components, including orientation, materials, glazing, insulation, thermal mass, and hot air transfer. Uses include climate manipulation for plant growth and heating the home and domestic hot water.

Second, Beth will discuss crops in the greenhouse and in the kitchen: including her choices for greens, salad, oriental greens and cole crops. She will discuss preparation techniques like braising, wilting and flash-cooking. They will cover root cellar storage, lacto-fermentation, and creating a rhythm to this style of living. This will be a great learning opportunity for current and aspiring homesteaders/home gardeners. Participants are welcomed to stay for a potluck lunch, from 1 to 3PM. Presenters: Bob Jennings & Beth Ingham

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Korean Natural FarmingSunday, April 26 - 9:30am to 4:30pmMany Hands Organic Farm, Barre, MACost: NOFA/Mass Member $48; Non-member $60Korean Natural Farming (KNF) is an agricultural method that encourages self-sustaining, closed loop systems through minimizing external inputs. Developed by Master Han Kyu Cho in South Korea, KNF echoes many of the principles central to Masanobu Fukuoka’s Natural Farming technique as well as Permaculture. This all-day, hands-on workshop will focus on both the philosophies and the practices of KNF.

Workshop attendees will learn to make various KNF inputs such as Indigenous Microorganism (IMO) soil inoculant, Fish Amino Acids, Water-soluble Calcium, and Oriental Herbal Nutrient. KNF is applicable to many types and scales of farming, from backyard veggie gardening to larger scale livestock operations. Students will walk away from the workshop equipped with the knowledge to implement KNF practices on their own farm or garden. Presenter: Aaron Englander

Hands-On Hog Slaughtering and ProcessingSunday, May 3 - 10:00am to 4:30pmFrohloff Farm, Ware, MACost: NOFA/Mass Member $45 (Walk-In cost, $55); Non-member - $57 (Walk-in cost, $67)At this hands on workshop Jake Levin, The Roving Butcher, will lead participants in the slaughter, bleeding, scalding, evisceration, and eventually the break down into various pork cuts, of a market weight pig. Presenter: Jake Levin

There will be a tour of the historic 95-acre Frohloff Farm, 20 acres of which are managed as a hog operation by farmer Bill St. Croix.

Edible Wild Plant WalkSunday, May 17 - 2:00pm to 5:00pmGreenfield Recreation and Swim Area, Greenfield, MACost: NOFA/Mass Member $25 (Walk-In cost, $30;) Non-member $31 (Walk-in cost, $36)Learn to identify edible wild plants and medicinal herbs with Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, holistic health coach and community herbalist of Sweet Birch Herbals. Participants will learn how to respectively harvest each plant and use them for making salads, soups, and skin care products. We’ll be identifying spring ephemerals such as ramps, dandelion, Japanese knotweed shoots, burdock root, and nettles, which are deliciously pungent and bitter treats that promote spring cleansing. After a winter of eating dense, heavier foods, are you craving more fresh green foods? Join Hannah for an educational walk that includes recipes and tastings. Presenter: Hannah Jacobson-Hardy

2015 NOFA Summer Conference – Save the date!Friday, August 14 – Sunday August 16, 2015University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA2015 NOFA Summer Conference keynotes confirmed: Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride is a medical doctor and nutritional consultant, and Ronnie Cummins is a consumer activist and regenerative agriculture advocate.

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Looking for local, organic produce in season?

Check out the NOFA/Mass Organic Food and Products Guide!

Find farms and businesses all across the state selling the products you want!

(You can search by region or product.)

Winter Greens Workshop at Natick Community Organic Farm in February

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New and Renewing NOFA/Mass Members in FebruaryEllen AbdowConstance AdamsAravinda AnandaNathan AndradeDanielle AndrewsAmanda BarkerDebbie BarrDavid BartlemJane BernsteinMike BolioMartyn C BotfieldPaul BourdonBill BraunAshely BristerMaura BrownLoree Griffin BurnsKay CafassoDavid CherniskeBarbara ClancyCynthia ColeElena ColmanDavid CrowellStephen CunninghamMunise Aysim DalmauAnita DancsKaren DavisJanet L. DeaconJeff and Beth DeckDennis DonoghueJanel EaganKwadwo EckJacqueline Fein-ZacharyRichard FeitMitch Feldmesser and Maureen SullivanClio and Eric FisherBob and Sally FitzKevin FitzgeraldCraig FloydStephen FowlerLinda Fuchs

Karen GaleJohn GerberAva GipsRuth GreenMark HansonAllen Healy and Caitlin JonesEvan HenritzeJohn Hoffman and Kate StevensDrucilla HowesJennifer HuaSandra HumePolly HutchinsonLeo and Marjorie ImmonenKofi IngersollErik JacobsWayne JaquithMatthew JatkolaElizabeth JenewinWilliam KadishChristy and Christian KantlehnerJaya and Geof KarlsonNoah KellermanCaitlin KenneyWilliam KirkJack Kittredge and Julie RawsonRebecca KnappKaren and Tim KowalikAilish KressBarbara and Raul LabordeMary Ann LackiDenis and Jane LaForceJohn LaStellaJulia LemieuxBarbara Link

Chu Hua LoAlicia LuhrssenMarie-Laure Grimaldi-Marvel and Deacon MarvelTerence McCueNina McIntyreRoberta McQuaidBridget MeigsMelissa Meleen and Peter BakerBill MinierJennifer MixDale MossMark Mueller and David RichardDavid MurrayMichele MutschlerDiane NassifGary and Shannon NevesKathleen Nolan and Josh HeinemannKate O’ConnorStacy ObeyJohn OlanderLuther Otto and Chris LyonsBarbara T PantosSusan Parke-SutherlandBeth PaulsonDelores PerottiElaine M. PetersonDavid and Martha PetrovickChristopher PietrasDavid Pontius and Kate RossiterCharlie RadoslovichCasey RavenhurstPamela Raymond

Chris ReeveCatherine RooneyRachel RossSarah Satterthwaite and Royce BuehlerLinda Avis ScottJessica SeemCharles D. Sherzi, Jr.Chad SkinnerEd SkrickiLee SmithEva SommaripaRebecca SpencerEmily StarckDiane SyversonSusan TarasukLeslie Thomas and Katharine EndicottRichard ThompsonVivian TortoraCharlotte TrimKami TrushawDeb TylerLinda UgelowRichard and Christine Van HooftClaire Vaterlaus-StabySteve WalachChristopher WalkerKenneth WeissHolly WescottMichelle WigginsBen and Hannah WolbachBruce and Jenny WoosterNorma YorkJulianne ZuckLionel Zupan

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Thank you to Donors in FebruaryAnita Dancs Marie-Laure Grimaldi-Marvel and

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