Our People

The Needham Community Farm (NCF) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization comprised of a very active volunteer Board of Directors, a part time Farm Manager and a part time Outreach Program Manager.

Nancy Berger, Treasurer

Erica Bond, Board Member


Jane Evans, Clerk:  Jane began helping at weekly harvests and got hooked!  She's involved in many behind-the-scenes farm projects.

Michelle Keefe, Board Member

Joe Leghorn, Liaison to Board of Selectmen: Joe’s favorite childhood memories are gardening with his grandfather. After spending 40 years inside an office, his passion now is his garden in Orleans on the Cape. His grafted tomato plants were featured on The Local Food Report on WCAI radio. A leading fundraiser for his alma mater, Joe is also active in service to the community in Needham. He strongly believes that nobody should go to bed hungry and that growing foods in an environmentally sustainable manner will ensure that there is healthy nutritious food for all. Joe’s experience as a lawyer is a welcome addition to the Board of Directors.

Liz Perkus, Assistant Farm Manager

Jennifer Meyerhardt, Board Member

Debbie Schmill, Founder: About 10 years ago, Debbie became interested in environmental activism after watching a movie about Climate Change. Her concern for her children’s future led her to join local environmental groups and ultimately to found the Needham Community Farm as a hands-on way to educate children and adults.


Susan Shaver, President: brings over 20 years of professional experience to her work on the Board, having worked in a variety of management and marketing positions.  She is passionate about supporting local, organic farming, healthy eating, education about nutrition and serving the community food needs.  She has served on other Needham non- profit Boards.  One of Susan’s fondest memory as a child is working on an organic vegetable farm in South Glastonbury Connecticut.

Theresa Strachila, Farm Manager:  Theresa started at NCF in January 2017. Before joining Needham Community Farm, she managed urban farming sites and led garden education for adults and youth in the Boston area. Her experience in sustainable agriculture also includes an apprenticeship on a CSA farm in Washington State, work exchanges with small family farms in South America and experience working on her family's gardens while growing up. Theresa can often be found bicycling to and from the farm and cooking up vegetarian feasts.

PO Box 920877

Needham, MA 02492


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