Letitia Politi, Education Director
Letitia Politi is a mom of four and a certified teacher for grades K-12 in Home and Careers, Special Education, and School Building and District Leadership. She has been an educator for the past 17 years. She joined the RFA team as its Education Director in February of 2019. She has been thrilled at the opportunity to continue RFA’s Junior Farmers' Summer Camp at Cropsey Community Farm as a full day nature camp for children in Rockland County and beyond. At home, Letitia tends her 1/2 acre plot filled with veggie beds, fruit trees, a butterfly garden, and pet chickens. She enjoys teaching children through project based learning which includes STEM/STEAM activities in the classroom and out in the garden plots at school. During camp, Letitia will able to share her love of farming, science, biology, nature, art, cooking, and craft with her campers. She, in turn, is invigorated by the children's enthusiasm for the act of farming and Rockland Farm Alliance’s mission of sustainable agriculture.
Kathy Rauth, Farm Educator
Kathy Rauth is an Early Childhood Educator and has run the Junior Farmers Camp for the last several years. A longtime resident of Rockland County, she has always been an avid organic vegetable gardener. When the Rockland Farm Alliance started its CSA at Cropsey Community Farm, Kathy became an active member and volunteer. Kathy is also the Educational Director of Nursery School of the Nyacks, and has been a teacher in the Two and Three year old class there for over 20 years. She finds that teaching young children about nature and growing food is the perfect combination of her two passions.
Joy Buckhout, Administrative & Creative coordinator
Joy has been teaching workshops at Rockland Farm Alliance for several years, from plant identification, herbal medicine, fermentation and more. She joined the RFA staff in February of 2018 as the Administrative & Creative Coordinator. A woman of many talents, Joy has worked as a graphic designer & website developer and has more recently been working as a clinical herbalist, as well as a childbirth educator & labor doula. Growing up in Rockland County, she has always been drawn to nature in general, and to the plants and herbs in particular. After completing her BS in Communications from Boston University, she inadvertently acquired a new found passion for herbalism, nutrition and the concept of "Food as Medicine." She also enjoys foraging, knitting, swimming, reading, gardening & painting.
Adam Rauth, Cropsey Community FarM field manager
Adam grew up in Rockland County and has always loved the outdoors, but it was through his mother’s garden that he learned an appreciation for growing things. After graduating from Binghamton University with a degree in English, Adam joined the Cropsey Community Farm crew in 2014. Here, he learned much about organic and sustainable farming, and the following year he became the Farm Foreman. In 2018, Adam took on the role of Field Manager. Adam is proud to be growing healthy food for his family, and for the people of his community. He enjoys reading, playing guitar, and dreams of one day planting a giant sunflower maze.