Jeanne Clark, OP


Sister Jeanne founded Homecoming in 1996. She has had a varied and distinguished background as an educator and peace activist for many years.  She is a woman of wisdom, deeply engaged in leading others through the coming challenges and helping them to respond to what Earth is asking of us in this moment of history.  She loves children, soil, microbes, earthworms and kale!   And she makes a great pot of Gypsy Soup!

Elizabeth M. Keihm
Executive Director & Farmer

Elizabeth started as a CSA member of Sophia Garden in 2003. She has been Executive Director since 2010. She led the farm through its Visioning Process  and helped forge the partnership with The INN. Before she came to Sophia Garden she ran her own successful floral design and special events firm in NYC with her sister Christine. She is interested in The  New Cosmology, Evolutionary Biology , senior care and  food justice issues . She loves art, flowers and writing and brings all of those interests to Homecoming Farm. She believes  that when she came to Homecoming, she truly came home!


Donald G. Cimato

Director of Community Farming & Head Grower

Now in his third year at Homecoming Farm joined as a CSA member in 2011 becoming Director of Community Farming and Head Grower in 2012.  A graduate of Yale University with a degree in Russian History, Don is conversant in both Russian and German.  With a Masters degree in Education from  Columbia University and a local Lindenhurst resident, Don shares  his love of learning with everyone he comes in contact with at the farm.  He has a particular interest in heirloom vegetable varieties, seed saving and introducing others to different varieties not readily found at local markets.  While living in New England, Don was an active member in his local CSA and grew his own food.  A member of the Vestry at St. Boniface’s Episcopal Church in Lindenhurst,  Don is community-minded.  He’s also a great cook!

Mitch Winston

Assistant to the Director of Community Farming

Mitch joined Homecoming Farm as a CSA member in 2012 immediately impressing everyone with his commitment to staying on a task until it was  completely finished!  Mitch is interested in Bio-dynamicFarming and  growing his own food at home from seed.  In addition to his interest in growing food he practices yoga-a knowledge he is looking forward to sharing with other garden members. With his beautiful wife Carole ,who sustains and supports him in all that he does, Mitch is the owner of a home security company.  Everyone at Homecoming Farm can breathe a little easier having Mitch around!  Om…


Michael Giambalvo
Farm Apprentice

Michael is finishing up at Nassau Community College and will be transferring this fall to Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina where he will major in Sustainable Agriculture. In addition to gardening, Michael plays guitar and drums and is interested in  green building, yoga, and social activism. He  comes from a gardening family-his father is a horticulturist at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.  He believes farming to be the core  of civilization and from where all culture stems, considering it the most important aspect of our society. He  likes to know where his  food comes from and loves the circle of life he gets to participate in with  planting something. You give that life form it’s existence. I enjoy watching things grow. I enjoy the physical labor that is required, and being outside. 

Tom Stock, Poet, Naturalist & Puppeteer
Nancy Keating, Poet & Artist

Tom Stock is a retired science teacher and gifted naturalist. A published poet and puppeteer, Tom brings knowledge, joy and a deep reverence for all creation to everything he does.

Nancy Keating is also a renowned poet and artist. She has her own business creating hand knitted scarves and shawls that are true works of art. When she is not out working in the fields, she can be found sitting under the trees knitting away.

This husband and wife team bring love and great humor whenever they are at the farm. And lots of poetry!


Christine A. Keihm
Director of Marketing, Homecoming Farm

Christine joined Sophia Garden as a CSA member in 2003. Since that time she has shared the love & knowledge of organic practices her parents taught her with all of the apprentices & farmer “hopefuls” at Homecoming Farm. Her love for all things organic extends beyond growing vegetables! In addition to her volunteer work at the farm, Christine is the Vice President of Marketing for Sundial Brands, makers of SheaMoisture and Nubian Heritage, a local natural and organic skin and hair care company in Amityville. When asked what she enjoys most about her time spent at the farm Christine said, “There are too many things to mention but it is particularly gratifying to be part of an educational farm. Sophia Garden has launched the careers of many beginning farmers and continues to thrive in its 17th season! Next step, I’m looking forward to connecting to Todee Mission, a school in Liberia, Africa with a focus on self-sufficiency in food production. This is a global mission. ”

Deirdre Clare Keihm
Director of Puppy Love & Canine Cuddles

Deirdre found her way to Homecoming Farm through Jenni Capello-Ruggiero, a CSA volunteer who knew this rescue was looking for a fur-ever home. Deirdre is the farm mascot spending time with all of the children who come to the farm. In addition, she teaches other canines who visit, the importance of staying in the shade, keeping well hydrated and not walking on the beds to avoid soil compaction.