The Team

Who We Are

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Allison Turcan

Dig Farm Founder

Allison Turcan is the founder and farmer at D.I.G. Farm in North Salem, NY. D.I.G. Farm is a registered 501(c)(3) with a mission of "Reconnecting Communities to the Natural Good of the Farm. 

 

After spending a year WWOOFing in France, Allison came back forever changed after seeing the stark differences in the food system between the US and France. It became a mission to create opportunities to "Reconnect" communities to the essential values of a local food system. 

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Dr. Susan Rubin

Garden Educator

Dr. Susan Rubin, known as SuRu, is a food and environmental activist who has been growing food with all ages for more than a decade.
She is a Westchester Master Composter who adores red wriggler composting worms,  and is also a certified permaculture designer.
SuRu is a mom of 3 grown daughters and a dog mom to Wally. (@WallyRu22)

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Jennifer Wege

Garden Manager/Community Facilitator

After a 15 year career in retail, Jennifer found her passion for the community, gardening and the environment. Jennifer is one of the garden co-chairs at the Mount Kisco Elementary School community garden that her children attend. She also volunteers her time at the Community Center of Northern Westchester and the Westchester Land Trust. Jennifer lives in Bedford Hills with her husband Gregory and their twins.

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Mey Marple

Media Director

Mey Marple is a 25-year resident of Mount Kisco and a self-taught gardener. She founded the West Patent Elementary Learning Garden in 2008 and has managed community gardens in town ever since. Her professional background is in advertising and marketing, having served as an Account Executive at a global agency based in NYC.  Through the lens of raising a family and looking to the natural world for guidance, she now uses photography to view life’s moments in special ways, believing everyone deserves a prized image of a decisive moment in life including a seedling. 

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Amy Benerofe

Founder and President of

Our Own Way Garden

Amy Benerofe is founder and president of Our New Way Garden Inc, which in 2012 incorporated as a 501c3 not for profit company working on inclusive farming and food distribution, environmental stewardship and education. She has 20 years experience teaching and directing programs in the New York Metropolitan area with students of all ages and abilities in schools and after school programs. She  a graduate of Stanford University and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Teaching (Biology) program at Manhattanvillle College, having completed the Advanced Certificate in Education for Sustainability.

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