RFA Growth Leads To Administrative Changes

Search underway for new executive director


Rockland Farm Alliance (RFA) Founder and President John McDowell said the non-profit’s considerable growth within the past two years led to a need to restructure the organization.  A new executive director is needed as the current one, Naomi Camilleri, transitions to communications director. 

“RFA has undergone enormous growth and change over the past six years and is entering a new phase of development,” said McDowell “In these past two years we have started Rockland’s largest organic vegetable farm and CSA, Cropsey Community Farm, as we continued and expanded upon our policy and farm advocacy work. Naomi has been key to the successful launch of the farm and our many community programs; she has also overseen the expanded role of RFA in the local food and environmental movements.”

McDowell said Camilleri’s contributions as executive director for the past two years included community leadership and stewardship of the RFA’s mission to revitalize the local food shed in Rockland County. In her new role, Camilleri will focus community outreach and public relations efforts to raise awareness of RFA’s mission and work. 

“It has been a true honor to serve as executive director of this vital organization,” said

Camilleri. “Starting Cropsey Community Farm and mobilizing the community to support the resurgence of local farms and a revitalized local food shed has been incredibly rewarding, and I am happy to continue to work to further RFA’s goals and mission as director of communications. I am confident that a new Executive Director will serve to strengthen the organization while leading us into the next phase of our growth.”

The restructuring will involve the creation of new administrative positions as well as a shift in the role and responsibilities of Executive Director. More information about the executive director position is available at www.rocklandfarm.org/rfa_edposition_11052012.html.

Rockland Farm Alliance formed in early 2007, with a mission to preserve, create and enhance sustainable food production in Rockland County, while creating model small-scale farms that serve as outdoor classrooms for agricultural education. This grassroots effort of farmers, community groups and activists, has grown into a powerful community force with thousands of followers.


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