Welcome Allison Driscoll and Nick Ferlazzo, our new program managers for the 2019 season! They are both also on the 2019 UMass Student Farm crew. They will be working this summer and fall to redirect excess food grown on the Student Farm to our community partners Not Bread Alone and the Amherst Survival Center. They will also be growing nearly half an acre of flowers for donation, working to coordinate community events around local food insecurity, and working with the Student Food Pantry and UMass Permaculture to increase food access on campus. We are so blessed to have these two dedicated, hard-working, inspiring students on board! Welcome to the team, Allison and Nick!
Allison Driscoll is a Senior majoring in Sustainable Food and Farming at UMass. Allison was born and raised in Northampton, MA and loved growing up in the vibrant Pioneer Valley community. Being surrounded by local farms, they were drawn to pursue an education in sustainable farming. They discovered their passion for food justice while running a chapter of a club called Artists Striving to End Poverty in high school. This summer, Allison will be organizing Food Justice community events for UMass and Amherst, working with our community partners Not Bread Alone and The Amherst Survival Center, and working on the UMass Student Farm crew. They are eager to strengthen the connections between Food for All, the Student Farm, and the UMass and Amherst communities to create a united front against food insecurity.
Nick Ferlazzo is a senior in the Sustainable Food and Farming major at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and is a part of the Student Farm and the Student Farm Food Access Initiative. Before attending UMass, Nick worked on organic farms in Pioneer Valley as a crew member and harvest manager. He has also had experience implementing permaculture and grey water design strategies on production properties in Arizona. Nick is excited to be a part of the donation delivery process this summer and to build our relationships with local food relief organizations.