2021-2024 NSAS Board of Directors Nominations
Below are our candidates for Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society Board of Directors.

NSAS currently has 3 open seats, and 3 nominations. Thank you for taking the time to vote!

If you are a family and registered as a family/farm, you may submit multiple votes, each using a different email. Please vote once per person.
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Ruth Chantry - Common Good Farm
Ruth Chantry - Common Good Farm
Ruth Chantry is co-owner/farmer at Common Good Farm, near Raymond, NE. The farm is a small diversified farm & certified organic & certified Biodynamic. A long list of diversity has come through the farm and focus remains on produce, organic vegetable & herb plants for spring/early summer sales, pastured laying hens, pastured pork & grass-fed beef. Common Good Farm participated in the NSAS IMPACT Project in the late 1990's, cementing Ruth's understanding of the real value of the NSAS community.

She has served Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society in a variety of capacities, including Past Board President, Interim Director, and Outreach Coordinator, and has also presented at conferences over the years. Through NSAS, she co-founded Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska and (not through NSAS, but through related conversations and like-minds) Slow Food Nebraska & has served on a number of non-profit boards, mostly focused on local food & farming.

Ruth believes NSAS has unique value for Nebraska farmers and the opportunity to weave a stronger network for NSAS members & larger community.
Ruth Chantry - Common Good Farm *
Luke Jacobsen - Range West Beef
Luke Jacobsen - Range West Beef
Luke Jacobsen, is a farmer from Marquette, Nebraska, together with wife Lori, has been raising crops and livestock since 1978. He is a 1976 graduate of UNSTA (now NCTA in Curtis) The first 25 years were focused on conventional, yet diverse crops, including high quality alfalfa, non GM crops, specialty grains, farrow to finish hog herd and Cow-calf. "I have always had an interest in forage and grasslands, and an interest in optimizing health through quality foods.

We began converting cropland to irrigated pasture for grass finishing cattle in 2005, launching Range West Beef in 2007. We continue to sell grass fed beef to local customers as well as shipping out of state." The majority of the farm is now in organic production, raising corn, popcorn, soybeans, hay and pasture. We have been involved in Local Foods for many years and have attended Farmers Markets in Omaha since 2008, while also serving retail and restaurant trade. Past board experience includes Nebraska Food Coop, Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association, Aurora Coop, Upper Big Blue NRD, St John's Lutheran Church. Associations include, American Grass-fed Association, Weston A Price Foundation, Nebraska LEAD Alumni Association, (LEAD Class 21), as well as NSAS membership.

Luke and Lori are parents of 4 grown children, 3 sons, 1 daughter, and 12 grandchildren. Lori is a retired school teacher.
"As an NSAS board member, I would like to learn more about the association, support the educational mission, advocate for organic production, and help to improve the ongoing viability of the organization."
Luke Jacobsen - Range West Beef *
Tom Tomas
Tom Tomas
I have been involved in organic and sustainable agriculture since the late 1950s when I became acquainted with Bob Steffen at Boys Town. He introduced me to Organic Gardening Magazine and the Biodynamic publications. I have maintained an organic garden wherever we have lived since then. Our current garden for the past 28 years incorporates Fruit trees, grape vines, bush fruits, vegetables, flowers, perennial habitat plants and cover crops for soil building. We also have chickens to do the composting for us.

I earned a Bachelors and Masters in Vocational Education from The University of Nebraska at Kearney and PhD from Cornell University in Plant Science. I taught Horticulture at UNSTA for six years. I worked for NSAS for two years and I have worked with organic certification and evaluation of inputs for organic production since 1992. I consult with organic farmers and gardeners when asked but do so on a voluntary basis as I am now retired.
I have been an EMT for 46 years and am still active on the Orleans Fire and Rescue Dept. My wife and I have six children, 20 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, many of them have gardens.

I have served on the NSAS board for several years in the past and ask for your vote so that I may serve again.
Tom Tomas *
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