Amy Antonucci - Founder/Director
Amy Antonucci is a certified permaculture designer, small homesteader and organizer. She and her partner run Living Land Permaculture Homestead where they keep gardens, orchards, bees, chickens, ducks and dairy goats. Amy worked in organic agriculture for over ten years and was awarded the Lead Organic Gardener of 2017 by NOFA-NH. She has spoken at libraries, schools, garden clubs, conferences, and been interviewed in the media. She also leads workshops on Sacred Circle Dance, Frame Drumming and storytelling.
Becca Hedlund - Secretary
Becca Hedlund’s passion for urban permaculture sprouted at a Permaculture Design Course in 2012. She’s a perennial student, always ready to share skills and learn alongside others. Becca also is a UNHCE Natural Resource Steward and co-coordinator of the school garden/outdoor classroom at Little Harbour Elementary in Portsmouth, NH. Her small urban lot hosts a 5.5Kw solar system, chickens, honeybees, berry patches, and many, many dreams of future sustainability projects.
Ellen Karelitz serves on the Steering Committee for the Wagon Hill Community Garden in Durham, NH. and has been the Garden Steward there for 8 years. She is also a member of the Durham Agricultural Commission. Recently she completed the UNHCE Master Gardener course and is working on completing her internship hours to be a certified Master Gardener. Ellen developed the Food Friendly Yard program to encourage Durham residents to grow food and nourishment for people, pollinators and wildlife. At her home she raises chickens, parakeets and plays catch with her Chocolate Lab, Charlie.
Penny Reynolds has creatively and mindfully turned her very small urban lot in Portsmouth, NH into a small orchard and food-producing garden. She learned grafting several years ago and has 12 varieties of apples, 2 of pears and 3 of plums. Small fruits include grapes, currents, lingonberries and elderberries. It has been her goal to see how much food she can produce on this small lot. She has a creative water catchment system and has built some lovely narrow sheds to fit into the scheme of her lot. She shares her home with what seems like thousands of red wigglers in her basement worm farm.
Leslie Stevens - President
Leslie Stevens is a UNHCE Master Gardener and Natural Resources Steward and owns Sidewalk Farms, an urban farm on a 1/5 of an acre in Portsmouth, NH. Sidewalk Farms is home to 13 laying hens, 2 bunnies, many raised beds for vegetable production, different examples of container gardening, and blueberry and strawberry patches. Sidewalk Farms functions as a neighborhood example of all that can be done to grow food on a small plot of land in an urban environment. Leslie is also the resident farmer at Goss Farm in Rye, NH.