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David Newman

Farm Director

David is a lifelong conservationist and former environmental lawyer with over a dozen years of experience with the Natural Resources Defense Council advocating for sustainable fisheries through law, policy, and science. Over the past decade, he has shifted his work toward ecological restoration and the development of the nursery and propagation orchard at Arthur’s Point Farm. David is passionate about creating models of climate-resilient farming and ecological land stewardship. He chairs the Columbia County Climate Smart Task Force and serves as a member of the County’s Environmental Management Council.

Stephanie Lazar

Operations Director

Stephanie is a former public health policy and advocacy professional with a passion for natural systems, regenerative agriculture, and social justice. Her public health work focused primarily on global health and development issues, catalyzed by her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Morocco. She developed strategies and managed programs to improve children’s health on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2015 Stephanie began shifting away from global health to focus on food access and regenerative farming in New York. As a founding member of Arthur’s Point Farm, Stephanie is excited to contribute to responding to the climate challenges of our time.

Kelly Schramm

Nursery Manager

Kelly is a first generation farmer new to Columbia County. Originally from Westchester County, she has lived in Central and Western NY working on various small vegetable farms for over a decade. While still in awe of the bounty which can be produced in mere months from a handful of seeds, Kelly’s interests have grown to include perennial production. She is in the planning stages of starting a farm focusing on regenerative agriculture with her partner, Nathan, on his family’s land in Western NY. Keen to learn what trees can teach us, she is excited to contribute to her community’s resilience in the face of a rapidly changing climate. Kelly is serving on the organizing committee of the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition.

Carlos Acevedo

Field Manager

Carlos grew up on a farm in the village of Las Choapas in Veracruz, Mexico working with cattle and other livestock. He moved to Columbia County in 2011; in 2019 he began working at what would become Arthur’s Point Farm. Carlos works across all aspects of the farm, from planting, nursery cultivation, and compost tea treatments to biochar production and processing. He also does carpentry and keeps the tools and machinery in good repair. 

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