Northshire Grows transitions programs to Merck Forest

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Northshire Grows, a nonprofit focused on farm to school programs and promoting local agriculture, is transitioning its programs to Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert and to other non-profit organizations, its board and executive director announced.

A number of the programs will follow executive director Liz Ruffa of East Dorset to her new role at Merck, where she has accepted a position as its first director of institutional advancement.

"Both organizations are thrilled to align in this way," Northshire Grows said in a prepared statement. "Going forward, Northshire Grows' important local food and school initiatives will benefit from the sound institutional support and on-site expertise at[Merck]. In turn, these new programs will allow [Merck] to deepen existing connections to the region's schools and farm community."

Ruffa said she is "delighted" to be joining the leadership team at Merck.

"Merck Forest hosts over 12,000 visitors a year, has a steady stream of school groups that use its campus in a variety of ways, has a rich tradition of providing year-round recreational access for outdoor enthusiasts, and leads targeted environmental conservation efforts in the Taconic and Green Mountains," Ruffa said. "Merck Forest has been a quiet arrow in the Northshire's quiver since 1950 and sets a stellar example for what sustained vision and capacity can collectively achieve. I am delighted to be joining the leadership team there."

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