GOSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
_Robyn Metcalfe: Founder, GOSA
In 1996, Robyn imported Gloucester Old Spots Pigs from the UK for her farm in Maine, Kelmscott Rare Breeds Farm. Kelmscott, a non-profit conservation farm initiated this importation, the first in over 15 years, in order to reestabish the herd in North America. During the ten years that Kelmscott operated, the farm raised GOS pigs and established a market for GOS meat in New England. She has developed partnerships between GOSA and the GOS pig society in the UK and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy in the U.S. Currently, and for the past eight years, she has been without pigs, living in Boston, studying history for a PhD from Boston University. After receiving her PhD last year, she taught courses in modern European History at BU. Next year, she will be studying at the University of Texas while doing research on historic food markets around the world.
_Sally Doherty: President GOSA
_Sally has served in several GOSA volunteer roles. She started out as Communications Coordinator, then was appointed as Registrar and Treasure, then was elected Vice President, and most recently has take over as President since Robyn has retired from that position. Sally established GOSA as a Non Profit Corporation in June of 2011, prior to that GOSA was a club. Sally lives with her family on a small farm in Afton Minnesota - Little Foot Farm - just 15 miles outside of the Twin Cities. By day, she is a working professional in the electronics industry. At the farm, she and her family run a commercial greenhouse business, and raise Berkshire and Gloucestershire Old Spot hogs, and heritage breed chickens. A local charcuterie and dry curing salami chef is working with Little Foot Farm on the GOS hogs. She is enthusiastic about working with this rare heritage breed, while making good local food that serves the Twin Cities, and teaching her children about such important endeavors. Additionally, she has made connections at a Big 10 university to establish a relationship with professors in the Ag - swine department. She and her family have been laying the foundation to do something useful with her small diversified farm, and GOS hogs in particular.
Kristina Johnson Bell: Secretary GOSA
_Hilltop Farm, Wheatland, WY - I live on the windiest, driest 80 acre hill in southeastern Wyoming. My parents and I moved to our farm when I was 8 years old so I have lived here for 46 years. My parents raised animals of various breeds - pigs, sheep, and milk stock. My husband, John, and I are continuing that tradition with breeds that can be grazed and hay fed rather than grained. We raise Columbia/Rambouillet sheep, Milking Shorthorns and of course GOS pigs. We fell in love with these personable grazers when we first read about them. We are not experts with any of our animals, but raise them as self-sufficient farmers would have earlier in history. We both work for the National Park Service, seasonally, at Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Through my adventures with the National Park Service I gained insight with endangered wild species reintroduction. Seeing animals bred back from the brink of extinction is very important to me - GOS especially. As with most of us, our barn is overfull with creatures - chickens of various breeds that needed homes, setting hens and babies, geese, cats, three stock dogs and a flock guarding burro. In February of this year, John and I adopted two little boys, ages 2 ½ and 4. Juanito and Emiliano are loving the farm and all the creatures
Kristina Johnson Bell: Registrar of GOSA
Hilary Craig: Treasurer of GOSA
Hilary Craig along with her partner Greg Smith own a small farm in Bend, Oregon dedicated to raising Gloucestershire Old Spots and practicing bio dynamic farming. Along with the GOS pigs they also raise a variety of heritage chickens, turkeys and Large Black pigs. Their farm is focused on producing top quality meat to local restaurants and individual buyers. To preserve the GOS genetics they breed for and are highly selective when identifying which purebred GOS to sell as premium breeding stock, all other pigs are integrated into their meat herd or sold as wiener pigs. They are very passionate about educating people about the importance of the breed and the quality of the pork. In addition to help running the farm Hilary owns her own accounting firm. She has worked as a public accountant since 2004 doing taxes, business consulting and auditing. In 2006 she decided to open her own firm enabling her to provide a more personal approach to her work. She enjoys running her own practice because it allows her to give individual attention to her clients and time on the farm. She is very proficient in a variety of accounting and tax software including QuickBooks, Lacerte and Ultra Tax. She approaches everything in life with a high level of honesty and integrity and brings those values to both her work and personal connections. Living in Bend does allow for a good work life balance and Hilary makes sure to still get some time to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. In her off time she enjoys skiing, biking, hiking and boating. Her accounting background combined with her passion for the GOS pigs makes for a perfect fit as Treasurer for Gloucestershire Old Spots of America.