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Executive Director

Dorn AW Cox

In addition to being the director for GreenStart, Dorn is also a farmer working his 250-acre family farm in Lee, NH.  He has worked to select effective cover crops, grains and oilseeds for food and energy production, and has designed, constructed, documented, and shared systems for small-scale grain and oil seeds processing, biofuel production,  and no-till and low-till equipment to reduce energy use and increase soil health.  

Dorn is a 2016 National Association of Conservation Districts Soil Health Champion and also a founding member of Farm Hack, the FarmOS operating system, the Soil Renaissance,  the New England Farmers' Union, the Great Bay Grain Cooperative, the Oyster River Biofuel Initiative, and he serves as the Vice President of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts. He has a B.S. from Cornell University and  a PhD from the University of New Hampshire in natural resources and earth systems science.  He regularly speaks regionally and nationally and continues to develop and refine open source agricultural research and development systems to improve farm productivity and resilience.

Collaborator

 

Bianca Moebius-Clune, PhD

Update:

As of November 2014, Bianca is Director, Soil Health Division, USDA-NRCS, South Building, Washington, DC. You can reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bianca Moebius-Clune served as Senior Extension Associate and occasional Lecturer in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University with research, extension, and teaching responsibilities. She holds degrees from Cornell University (Ph.D., 2009; MS, 2006) and University of New Hampshire (BS, 2000). She has published a number of peer-reviewed and extension articles, and provides workshops and training nationally and internationally. She co-authored the Cornell Soil Health Assessment Training Manual that is now widely used by growers and agricultural service providers in the Northeastern United States and elsewhere. She also co-authored the books Soil! Get the Inside Scoop and chapters in Know Soil, Know Life to increase the public’s appreciation for soils. In addition to collaborating with Greenstart on soil health testing and management in NH, she coordinates the Cornell Soil Health Team's research and extension activities, and a number of projects on Precision Nitrogen Management using the Adapt-N tool for weather-adapted N recommendations. Bianca has conducted research on agricultural management impacts on soil quality and N dynamics in the Northeast and Midwest, as well as in Kenya. She has been leading the development of the new framework for Soil Health Management Planning in collaboration with Greenstart, the NH NRCS and NH Conservation Districts.

 

Board Members

Board Chair: Robert Eckert
Treasurer:  Andrew Kellar
Beth Hodge
Kate Donald
Luke Mahoney
John Hutton
Steve Normanton

 

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to foster a resilient energy and food system for New Hampshire by providing technical education and practical agricultural examples.

Our vision is to foster New Hampshire independence, strengthen our farm community, improve New Hampshire’s rural resources, and protect and improve New Hampshire’s air, soil and human health.

 

History

Currently, GreenStart’s programs center around the importance of sustainable agricultural practices and soil health to provide long term food and fuel security.  The production methods must be as healthy for the environment as the food and fuel end products.  For a description of Green Start’s programs click on Programs;  For specific projects, click on one of the Project Area Keys.

Green Start was founded in 2006 with a goal of making biodiesel a "Main Street" product that local people could access easily for local use.  Our method to reach that goal was education:   to create better public understanding of biodiesel’s benefits, thereby creating a commercial demand for biodiesel.

Between 2006 and 2010 Green Start reached out to three populations, offering factual information and assistance to:

  • Municipal Public Works Departments so they would switch to biodiesel for all their diesel vehicles.
  • Middle school student with a hands-on biodiesel experience.
  • Local farmers so they would have the knowledge and equipment to sustainably produce oilseed crops to make local biodiesel.

These strategies were successful thanks to grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Jane B Cook 1992 Charitable Trust, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the US Department of Agriculture, and private individuals.