Rebecca Fletcher has left our staff after many years, to take a position with the Cooperative Fund of New England, where she will be responsible for lending to co-ops and other democratically-owned enterprises in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.
Rebecca joined the Equity Trust staff in 2005, and during her 14 years with Equity Trust she has served as Project Manager for our Farms for Farmers Program as well as Loan Fund Manager for the Equity Trust Fund. Rebecca provided counseling, technical consulting services, and education to individuals and groups across the U.S. including farmers, land trusts, municipalities, community groups and others using shared equity models of ownership for farms and housing.
One of the many projects she worked on was supporting Grow Food Northampton through their effort to acquire 121 acres that became the Northampton Community Farm, dedicated to promoting food security by advancing sustainable agriculture in the Northampton, Massachusetts area. She has also worked closely with our partners on multiple projects of our Hudson Valley Farm Affordability Program, and contributed greatly to our ongoing efforts to update and improve Equity Trust’s tools for equitable land access and community-based land stewardship.
We thank Rebecca for all her wonderful work. She will be greatly missed and we wish her all the best in her new position with the Cooperative Fund of New England.