Board of Directors
Elizabeth Gamsky Rich, Esq. — President
Elizabeth Rich is a Wisconsin attorney who has practiced in the areas of environmental, land use and regulatory law for 30 years. She works for clients who challenge the government. She has lived on a 40-acre farm since 1995 and raises goats for dairy products and chickens for meat and eggs. Over the years she’s kept dairy cows, pigs, ducks, turkeys, guineas, rabbits and geese in addition to a large garden and fruit production. Elizabeth’s goal is to produce as much of her own food as possible, as her 25 years of experience with the governmental agencies charged with protection of our food supply has led her to the conclusion that she is not protected.
Said Abdallah is an entrepreneur with many years of successful experience as an owner/manager. Said was born in Palestine and moved to the USA in 1974. He lived in California and Florida before moving to Fairview (North Carolina) in 2013. Said now runs a small Electrical contracting business, and he feels honored to be able to contribute his skills to FTCLDFF. By doing this he will be able to expand and deepen his relationships with the Greater Asheville. community as well as with other communities that aspire to learn from the success of FTCLDFF.
Kay Craig — Treasurer
Kay holds a Master’s Degree in Food Business from UW-Madison, Wisconsin. Kay and her husband Wayne owned and operated an organic dairy farm from 1993 until 2015. In 2005 they opened an on-farm, organic food store where they sold their pastured, organically fed beef, chicken, turkey and other organic food stuffs to health conscious members. With considerable aid from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, they sued the Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) over their raw milk sales. Kay also served six years as treasurer for Grassworks, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes managed grazing in Wisconsin. Currently, they have “retired” to Asheville, North Carolina, where they continue to enjoy “not for human consumption” raw milk from local farmers.