Nadia and her husband Oleh are parents to three young adults and business partners at Rusty Plough Farm. Nadia graduated Rutgers College way back in 1986 with a History major and French minor, just because these were fun and interesting, without any clear thoughts of employability. After stumbling into some archaeological fieldwork in Europe, then discovering that one could actually be employed as an archaeologist in New Jersey, she spent almost ten years getting paid to play in the dirt and to explore old things. Along the way, she completed a Masters Degree at Hunter College in Anthropology/ Archaeology, married, raised a family, created the farm business with Oleh, and worked at a myriad of temporary small jobs.
Nadia has been teaching at STCA since 2014, after home-schooling her own three. She’s re-discovering her love of history, geography, and so much more, growing in her faith, and diving into learning along with her students. She also manages much of the office work for the farm, jumps in to harvest when needed, helps out at the Saturday farmers’ market and continues to explore what’s next in her life.
Nadia with husband Oleh, sons and daughter Julianna (STCA '19).