The NEFA 1, LLC team, comprised of experienced community-based developers, farmers and consultants, has completed hundreds of successful projects across New England, the Northeast, nationally and globally over the past 40 years. We use a community-based development approach to work with experienced farmers and local allies to make sure prime farmland remains accessible to all.
Bob Bernstein, Managing Director
Bob Bernstein, an experienced community-based development practitioner, has been connecting individuals and groups with land, public facilities and affordable housing for 40 years. Bob has worked with multi-party initiatives, community land trusts, and individuals to develop and implement traditional and non-traditional legal and financing mechanisms for affordable land and housing. He brings this wealth of experience, perspective, and tenacity to NEFA 1, LLC, a company he founded in 2013. At NEFA 1, LLC, Bob recruited the following highly skilled professionals to help fulfill a common vision for a company that builds reciprocal relationships between experienced farmers and the local community, while promoting working farms and growing good local food. To read more about Bob’s experience with other organizations, click here.
NEFA 1 is supported by companies that are expert in their field. They include:
Accounting – Farm Credit East
Farm Credit East is among the largest accounting firms in the northeast that specializes in farm and agricultural enterprises. Farm Credit East does the books for NEFA 1 and the Monadnock Agricultural Center, LLC. Farm Credit East personnel working with NEFA 1 include Amanda McCarthy, Joseph Baldwin, Virgilia Tegiacchi, and David Rifenburgh.
Land Planning – Walter Cudnohufsky Associates (WCA) Inc
Walter Cudnohufsky has over 50 years of experience as a landscape architect and land and community planner. His practice includes all scales, from regional planning to residential site planning, and his company, Walter Cudnohufsky Associates (WCA) Inc., works to bridge planning and design as a seamless whole. Walter has an agricultural background and a long-held reverence for protecting farmlands. Through his work in public decision-making, he has developed capacities in facilitating public input and synthesizing complex issues. Walter is assisted in his work for NEFA 1 by associates Chuck Schnell and Kirsten Barringer.