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Rafi Bildner
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Rafi Bildner is originally from Montclair, New Jersey and a sophomore at Yale University. Before starting college, he took a gap year to found October Mountain Farm - a diversified vegetable farm in the hills of Western Massachusetts - attend French culinary school, and work for the Obama campaign's finance team in Chicago. He is currently studying agriculture, food policy and rural issues at Yale. At school, he is a farm manager for the Yale Sustainable Food Project and teaches an environmental justice course in the Yale Peabody Museum's after school program. He served as the treasurer of his freshmen class and is involved in local political organizing and legislative policy research for the New Haven Board of Alders. He is also a passionate aviator, and has his private pilots license and instrument rating.

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Berkshire Grown: A Case Study of an Organization Vital in Creating a Local Food System in Western Massachusetts

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 5:22 PM

As a new farmer with little experience, and new to the food and agriculture community in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, the first thing I did as I began preparations for my initial season, was to look for an organization that could aid my endeavor, and provide me with...

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Lessons From the Field: The Future of the Local Food Movement

(7) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 9:32 AM

All I saw in front of me was a field of grass. I refer to it as a "field," but calling it a backyard makes more sense. Just a few steps from my family's back door in Becket, Massachusetts, stretched an empty field covered in pristine grass. The organic garden...

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