Janel has over a decade of experience working in immigrant and refugee communities towards equitable fresh food access and revitalized local food systems. She has farmed alongside growers from Italy to California, and most recently spent a growing season at Mill City Grows’ urban farm in Lowell. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to become a more integral part of the beginning farmer community in Massachusetts, and looks forward to educating and organizing within New England’s network of rock-star farmers.
Janel holds a BA in Sociology and Social Work from Gordon College and a MS in International Agricultural Development from University of California, Davis. While at UC Davis, Janel focused her studies on the intersection of sustainable agriculture and human nutrition, hoping to work for synergy between these two sectors. Her research, work, and studies have allowed her to explore much of Central America and more recently India and Ethiopia. Having relocated back to Massachusetts after a stint in Northern California, she is rediscovering her home state and grateful to be part of the exciting work of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. When not working, Janel can be found cooking up tasty things in the kitchen, exploring the outdoors, or plotting the next adventure.