The Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems is one of the finest farm facilities at any small college in the United States. The RFC wouldn’t be where it is without the instructional and farm team. Here are the members and their roles:

Rian Fried Center Director

Charlotte Rosendahl is the Director of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems. Charlotte has the experience, academic background, and deep commitment to Sterling that will ensure the program growing and evolving. Charlotte’s teaching responsibilities will decrease to allow her to be both a senior faculty member of the College and to provide the leadership necessary for the Rian Fried Center.

Instructional & Farm Team

After completing the launch of the Rian Fried Center, Louise Calderwood has returned to her teaching role. Louise has done a great job in ensuring a successful launch of the center. The Sterling community looks forward to her continued work on a variety of RFC projects, including grant writing.

Gwyneth Harris has been promoted to the position of Farm Manager. She will oversee the operations of both the farm and gardens, and will supervise two farm apprentices, including Ellie Brown. The addition of a second apprentice will help keep the farm running smoothly and will give Gwyneth and Rick Thomas, faculty in Sustainable Agriculture and Draft Horse Manager, the support they need throughout the year.

Nicole Civita has joined Sterling College as our new Sustainable Food Systems faculty member (Common Voice, Spring-Summer 2015).

Allison Van Akkeren will now be a part of the Sustainable Food Systems team as well, and Brandon Bless is now a visiting faculty member in Sustainable Agriculture.

Simeon Bittman is part of the Rian Fried Center in his role as Executive Chef, as well as continuing to feed the Sterling community deliciously.


Filed Under: Common Voice Sustainable Agriculture Sustainable Food Systems

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