2023 Convention Panelist Bio’s

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Ben Daley

Chirp Creek farm is a horse and tractor powered veggie farm in Lisbon. We do four farmers markets and it is our main source of income for the farm.

Erica Emery

Rustic Roots Farm has been a vendor at the Farmington Farmers’ Market for 10 season. Erica has served as co President of the market in the past and currently serves as the treasurer and Maine Harvest Bucks coordinator.

Don Gaile

Don Gaile is the Chief Baking Officer for SPüN Bakery in Freeport. SPüN Bakery creates made-to-order and small batch baked goods and special treats that are sourced with the best ingredients. From apple pies to zucchini bread, he believes every bite should be delicious! Don is also the Marketing Director for and participating vendor at the Cumberland & Falmouth Farmers Market since 2015. As Marketing Director, he has shepherded the market’s social media program, website modernization, and cultivated significant sponsorship relationships for the benefit of the market.

Lorelei Greenwood-Jones

After 30 years of customer service at LLBean, Lorelei has a great deal of skill with dealing with the public. She has spent the last 3 delightful years with the Cumberland and Lewiston farmers’ markets.

Jill Johanning

Jill Johanning is a Maine Licensed Architect who specializes in accessible and universal design at Alpha One providing ADA technical assistance, training, and consulting on designing facilities for universal access. Before joining Alpha One, she was a project designer for a large A/E firm in Maine with design and construction experience in public and private building projects. Her focus on universal design facilities developed from working with children and adults with disabilities while studying architecture in college.

Ketra S. Crosson, OTR/L

Ketra is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and is a licensed Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of experience in developing and providing independent living options for people with disabilities. She works for Alpha One, Maine’s Center for Independent Living. As an Independent Living Specialist, she provides such services as access design consultation, independent living skills assessment and training, information and referral, peer support, assistive technology consultation, job accommodation assessments, advocacy, on-farm assessments with farmers with disabilities, consumer directed personal assistance services, and adapted driving assessments

Sue Mack

Sue Mack is co-owner of Tir na nOg Farm in Pownal, a no-till regenerative educational farm. The focus is on restoring soil health with the help of heritage breed livestock and permaculture practices. Tir na nOg Farm specializes in pasture-raised meat, organic flowers and English Shepherd puppies.

Laura McCandlish

Laura McCandlish is a farmer’s market enthusiast and bridge-builder between her Bowdoin College community and the rest of Brunswick and beyond. A journalist who championed local farms and food in Oregon and Maine, Laura is a conduit who dabbles in PR, a “bespoke agent” who has sold a book and some houses. She loves to pitch and promote. On the board of The Maine Monitor journalism non-profit, Laura helps friends and clients navigate Maine’s media landscape.

Amy Sinclair

Amy spent more than two decades working as a TV journalist in Portland and Boston before switching to mission-based work in the nonprofit sector. She served as Communications Director for 317 Main Community Music Director, Fork Food Lab, and currently oversees Communications and Marketing for LifeFlight of Maine, the state’s only air ambulance service. As a Master Gardener, Amy helped launch the Yarmouth Community Garden and Garden Explorers, a summer program for kids. Both continue to thrive after 15 years. She’s been the manager at the Yarmouth Farmers Market for the last 8 years.

Andrew Toothacker

Andrew Toothacker is a farmer serving the Greater Bangor Area. Andrew along with wife Becky and daughter Leota own and operate the 160 acre historic Hart Farm in the Town of Holden. Hart Farm produces mixed vegetables, pastured pork, cut flowers, and grass-fed beef selling direct to customers through CSA and half hog shares and farmers markets.