Amanda Nims Program Assistant..........................
...Amanda Nims, Program Assistant, joined the staff of Mount Grace in 2004.
Having grown up on land that her
family has inhabited for hundreds of years, Amanda
has a deep connection to the natural resources and cultural landscape of Western Massachusetts.Before coming to Mount Grace, Amanda was employed by the USDA's Farm Service Agency as a Program Technician where she was responsible for administering federal farm bill programs and mapping county farmlands with GIS.She
also managed her
family's Christmas Tree Farm before the farm changed hands.Amanda's volunteer efforts have included working to protect a historic section of Greenfield known as the Greenfield Meadows by leading a political campaign to preserve its prime and historic farmland, and by spearheading an effort to see the Meadows recognized as a National Historic District.She has sat on the board of the Historical Society of Greenfield, and is currently the President of the South Meadows Cemetery.In her position at Mount Grace, Amanda manages general administration, and assists the Land Protection, Stewardship and Development departments, as well as the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership.
Last year Amanda
was chosen to attend the Conservation Leadership Program 2006 in San Diego.Amanda holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she studied geography, and an associate's degree from Greenfield Community College, where she studied human ecology and environmental studies.