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 & farm team. Let’s meet all the members and their roles.
Rian Fried Center Director
Starting September 1, Charlotte Rosendahl will be 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
On July 1, after completing the launch of the Rian Fried Center, Louise Calderwood will return 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.
Also starting July 1, 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 qualified Farm Apprentices. 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 is joining Sterling College as our new Sustainable Food Systems faculty member. 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.
Another change for the RFC is that Kelly Jones, the Director of Buildings & Grounds, has accepted the added responsibility for the care of the farm’s physical plant. All repair requests should be reported to him exclusively through the College’s work order system.
These are exciting times for the Rian Fried Center and for the College as a whole. Each person involved with the RFC has been working incredibly hard on behalf of the College’s students, and the entire community is deeply grateful.