Meet the Farm Staff

Katie Bekel (Farm Manager)


Katie has been hooked on farming after applying to a summer internship program and being placed at the Food Project in Lynn, Massachusetts in 2011. She has worked at several family farms and nonprofit farms on the North Shore and Greater Boston area over the past 6 years and is excited to work and live at Medway Community Farm. 

She enjoys being part of the local farming movement and believes in purchasing goods locally and supporting a local economy. She likes working with volunteers in the fields and hearing about the intersections of community, food, and the land, in their lives. 

She steps up to take the lead as Farm Manager for 2017. She has become a wonderful presence in the Medway community. She hopes to raise her pup Luna to be a good farm dog.

Josh Raser (Assistant Manager)


Josh has been involved in agriculture in one way or another his entire life. He grew up raising animals in 4-H and FFA in San Diego County and soon after college worked with farmers as a sustainable agriculture volunteer in Peace Corps Ecuador.

Josh started farming as a career in 2012 and has worked at community farms both in Massachusetts and New Orleans since then. He enjoys the connections that a community farm can bring, both to the land and its people.

Josh is excited to be joining the farm team as its assistant manager and working with the Medway community.

Alison Dempsey (Education Coordinator)

Alison is committed to community enrichment and quality education programs. Her approach to education involves hands-on experiences, workshops, and seminars including cooking, crafting, and farm practices and techniques. Alison's experience working with children, organic farms, and farming practices, along with community outreach programs allows her to bring her twin passions for education and agriculture to the Medway Community Farm team. Her goal is to provide access to the benefits of community-based agricultural programs to all ages. 

She will be working closely with the Medway Public Schools to continue and enhance the established Farm-School partnership of which we are so very proud at the farm. She will also lead the way expanding our Medway Community Education managed classes as well as our farm-based summer programs.

Alison and her husband live in Medway with their three children, where they love gardening and caring for their flock of laying hens, and many pets. 

Look for updates, postings, and coming events on the farm.

Don Franzen (President)


When my wife and I moved into our Medway home in 2015, one of the first things we looked for was a local farm where we could get quality fruits and vegetables and support our local community. We were very excited to find Medway Community Farm and even drove by the farm to see the operation before we signed up for the CSA share.

It quickly became apparent to us how fortunate we are to have the Medway Community Farm in our town, and we make it a point to assist with projects and events around the farm whenever possible. The more involvement we have with the farm, the more I feel drawn towards making a significant contribution to the operations of the farm and ensuring the success of this great community resource.

 

Melissa Kelley (Clerk)


I'm serving as a Board Member of Medway Community Farm because I like to support the critical work and the mission of the Farm. I believe that food, particularly when we share in its production and preparation, is an important means by which to bring communities together. I also believe that spaces like those created by Medway Community Farm open the door to conversation and reflection on issues of food security, which generates thinking about broader social justice issues that are relevant to our community. I also think that spaces such as MCF provide communities vital opportunities to foster a respect for the land that might otherwise be lacking. 

Melissa Kelley is MCF Board Clerk.

 

Julie Infanger (Board Member)


Julie Infanger is a graduate of Merrimack College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a concentration in Management. She is currently the Global Senior Human Resources 
Director for EMC Converged Platform Division at EMC in Hopkinton, MA supporting Sales, Presales, Product Development and Customer Operations. At EMC Julie has had numerous HR Business partner roles supporting Global Services, Managed Services and Finance throughout her 15 year tenure. Prior to joining EMC, she worked at Staples Corporate Center in recruiting. 

She is a long-time resident of the area, growing up in Millis and moving to Medway in 2000.  Julie is married to Karl Infanger, a Physical Education Teacher at Medway High School, and they have a son and daughter currently in Medway Schools. She and her family have been volunteers at MCF, CSA share members for the past 4 years, and in July 2015 Julie became a Board Member at the Medway Community Farm, Inc. 

Marcia Coakley (Board Member)


An Ohio organic small farmer in the 80’s (livestock and a big garden), a retailer of alternative and energy efficiency designs and wood-stoves, Marcia moved to New England, eventually marrying a Medway native, Dennis Coakley, and resettling here in 1995. Early adopters at a nearby CSA, she was thrilled when MCF began to take shape. 

With her family, she has been: CSA member, volunteer, work-trade farm support, and now serving on the Board of Directors. Expanding sustainable local agriculture, educating our community and especially our children that a healthy food supply is best for everyone’s future makes her happy. Marcia loves to share her enthusiasm for creative cooking and expanding people's perceptions about vegetable preparation. 

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Ohio University Marcia was a studio potter for 23 years. She managed the home-directed education of two now adult children; volunteered extensively with craft marketing, home-education, and food buying cooperatives; and was Chair of the Medway Cultural Council for two terms. Marcia currently guides Dance of Health...she is a movement fitness (Nia & Ageless Grace) mind-body educator.

Heather Scott (Advisory Board Member)


Heather Scott is Founder and Past Board President of Medway Community Farm, Inc. Prior to launching Medway Community Farm, Heather served on Natick Community Organic Farm's Advisory Board and Board of Directors.

Heather was invited to present at the Southeastern Massachusetts Conference on the Community Preservation Act as part of a community garden and community farm panel.  Past speaking engagements include the Northeast Organic Farm Association Massachusetts Summer Conference where she presented: Organizing Medway Community Farm and the Northeast Organic Farm Association Massachusetts Winter Conference where she presented: Tools Used to Start a Community Farm.

Previously Heather worked for The Nature Conservancy. She is past voting member to the Medway Community Preservation Committee and the Medway Open Space Committee. She graduated from Susquehanna University where she majored in public relations and minored in biology.

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