We are farmers, environmentalists, filmmakers, educators, entrepreneurs, and activists passionate about our soil.

We are dedicated composters. 

 

 

TEAM

 ALLISON FORSTMANN   Chief Executive Officer   Allison founded ReCultivateNY to address the systemic opportunity of organic waste. She is a forward-looking entrepreneur with 20-year + record of identifying opportunity(s) and creating ground-breaking product and marketing strategies. She is especially adept at locating and solving business set-backs and developing top-caliber, high-collaborative workforces that include Apple Inc., Vera Wang, Monster Cable, Swarovski et al. Allison is also on the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture’s Farm Team. 

ALLISON FORSTMANN

Chief Executive Officer

Allison founded ReCultivateNY to address the systemic opportunity of organic waste. She is a forward-looking entrepreneur with 20-year + record of identifying opportunity(s) and creating ground-breaking product and marketing strategies. She is especially adept at locating and solving business set-backs and developing top-caliber, high-collaborative workforces that include Apple Inc., Vera Wang, Monster Cable, Swarovski et al. Allison is also on the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture’s Farm Team. 

Gregg Twehues

 Chief Technical Officer  

Gregg Twehues brings 33 years of direct experience in the composting and agricultural sectors. Specializing in organic recycling operation start-ups, Gregg has helped to advance the composting industry through his focus on quality, biology and feedstock management.  He is the former Compost Farm Manager of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, as well as the co-founder of Compost Werks. 

 

 

      

 

EMMA POLLACK

Operations

Originally from the Bronx, Emma grew up with a compost bin in her kitchen. As a seasoned educator at Cornell University Outdoor Education and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Emma has taught hundreds of students about the environment, sustainable agriculture and food justice. She has worked and consulted on farms in the US, South America and Africa. She serves as the Sustainability Consultant for MATTE Projects and Full Moon Festival. Emma is a graduate of Cornell  University where she studied History and Global Health.. 

 

 

ZACHARY CLANCY

Site Management

Zach grew up on his family farm in Southwest Kansas. Later he received a Bachelors from the University of Kansas in Biology & Psychology. He is currently the Regional Farm manager for Project Eats, a non- profit organization focused on building and maintaining small urban farm plots in NYC for the purpose of boosting community involvement and connecting those communities to local food sources. Prior work experience includes: Mountain Gardens, a Chinese herb nursery in the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains; Obercreek Farm, a small NOFA certified organic farm in Hudson River Valley; GreeneryNYC, a NYC based garden design companyy.

SARAH GROAT

Site Management

Sarah is thrilled to contribute to ReCultivate NY. Composting food waste and strategizing ways to decompose all things once living is one of her favorite pastimes. Sarah is also the Farm Manager for Alewife Farm, a 30 acre specialty vegetable farm in Kingston New York.  Prior to Alewife, she managed the compost operation for Stone Barns Center, worked in food education and vegetable growing at a non-profit in Pennsylvania, and mechanically harvested cherries in northern Michigan. Her love of plants and being outdoors led her to study environmental science and ecology at the University of Michigan where she was first introduced to the concept of agriculture as a way to drive change. 

         CARO ANDERS

eXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

 

ADVISORS

 PATRICIA DUFFY    Marketing Advisor   Patricia is an experienced marketing strategist, consultant, trainer/facilitator and connector focused on independent food and beverage entrepreneurs. She is active in initiatives designed to advance sustainable food businesses..This includes hosting a monthly Community Table forum NYU; serving on the Executive Committee of Slow Money NYC’s Food+Enterprise Summit; and mentorship at the Brooklyn FoodWorks incubator. Her  corporate experience includes 13 years at American Express where she managed key industry relationships. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

PATRICIA DUFFY

 Marketing Advisor

Patricia is an experienced marketing strategist, consultant, trainer/facilitator and connector focused on independent food and beverage entrepreneurs. She is active in initiatives designed to advance sustainable food businesses..This includes hosting a monthly Community Table forum NYU; serving on the Executive Committee of Slow Money NYC’s Food+Enterprise Summit; and mentorship at the Brooklyn FoodWorks incubator. Her  corporate experience includes 13 years at American Express where she managed key industry relationships. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

 JEAN BONHOTAL   Senior Technical Advisor   Jean has worked at Cornell Waste Management Institute in solid waste education for more than 20 years. Jean works on composting feedstock from food to manure to animal carcasses. Currently her time includes work on food scrap, manure and carcass & butcher waste composting education and research.  Compost quality and consistency in the marketplace is also a high priority, as well as encouraging use to build healthy soils and redistribute nutrients. Previous experience includes working with different agencies including US Forest and National Park Service, US EPA, NYS DEC and the landscape and greenhouse industry.

JEAN BONHOTAL

Senior Technical Advisor

Jean has worked at Cornell Waste Management Institute in solid waste education for more than 20 years. Jean works on composting feedstock from food to manure to animal carcasses. Currently her time includes work on food scrap, manure and carcass & butcher waste composting education and research.  Compost quality and consistency in the marketplace is also a high priority, as well as encouraging use to build healthy soils and redistribute nutrients. Previous experience includes working with different agencies including US Forest and National Park Service, US EPA, NYS DEC and the landscape and greenhouse industry.

 Janet Hawkes   Senior Advisor   Janet consults with companies and NGOs on sustainable food and agriculture production, greening, and bioenergy projects in the US, and internationally. Hawkes taught, conducted research, and directed agriculture and environmental programs at Cornell University, and the University of the South Pacific. She was Executive Director of an environmental and agricultural education center. She serves on Advisory Boards for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, USDA, US Department of Energy, and as a Director for Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Hawkes has a PhD from Cornell University. 

Janet Hawkes

Senior Advisor

Janet consults with companies and NGOs on sustainable food and agriculture production, greening, and bioenergy projects in the US, and internationally. Hawkes taught, conducted research, and directed agriculture and environmental programs at Cornell University, and the University of the South Pacific. She was Executive Director of an environmental and agricultural education center. She serves on Advisory Boards for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, USDA, US Department of Energy, and as a Director for Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Hawkes has a PhD from Cornell University. 

Shane Hardy

Shane grew up in the Village of Nyack. After graduating with a degree in philosophy and comparative religion from Ithaca College, Shane worked on an organic grain and dry bean farm where he got hooked on farming, soil, wholesome food, and working to build healthy ecosystems that include humans. He has worked on organic vegetable farms in New York and Montana and now serves as Farm Technician and Compost Manager at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.  At Stone Barns, Shane works with the organic materials that flow through the center to create compost teeming with life to feed to the soil, while exploring other intermediate and complementary uses for these materials. He works on technological and biological innovations for resilient farming.

 CHRISTOPHER BURKE   Chief Communications Officer   For more than 25 years, Christopher Burke has been refining photographic and filming techniques to help artists and arts professionals achieve the best possible renderings of their artworks and to create original films. Mr. Burke’s ongoing mission is to work closely with artists and professionals to understand their experience and vision, and to capture these insights.    

CHRISTOPHER BURKE

Chief Communications Officer

For more than 25 years, Christopher Burke has been refining photographic and filming techniques to help artists and arts professionals achieve the best possible renderings of their artworks and to create original films. Mr. Burke’s ongoing mission is to work closely with artists and professionals to understand their experience and vision, and to capture these insights.    

 CHRISTIANA PEPPARD   Senior Advocacy Advisor   Christiana is an expert on the ethics of fresh water and problems of climate change, social justice, and sustainability; a public intellectual and educator. An assistant professor of theology, science, and ethics at Fordham University, she is the author of Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis (2014), co-editor of two volumes and the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on environmental ethics in an era of economic globalization. She holds a PhD in Ethics from Yale University and a Bachelor’s from Stanford University..

CHRISTIANA PEPPARD

Senior Advocacy Advisor

Christiana is an expert on the ethics of fresh water and problems of climate change, social justice, and sustainability; a public intellectual and educator. An assistant professor of theology, science, and ethics at Fordham University, she is the author of Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis (2014), co-editor of two volumes and the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on environmental ethics in an era of economic globalization. She holds a PhD in Ethics from Yale University and a Bachelor’s from Stanford University..

 
 

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