Board of Directors

Sherie Blumenthal

Sherie Blumenthal

St. Mary's Nutrition Center, Lewiston

Sherie Blumenthal has served as the Program Development Coordinator for  the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center (NC) since 2008. The NC comprehensively promotes healthy communities through advocacy and education programs in the areas of health, hunger and community nutrition, youth development, and urban agriculture. Sherie is responsible for new program development, support, and management with an emphasis on equitable food access programs including farmers’ market incentive programs, online buying club, and mobile market initiatives.  Sherie serves as the acting manager for the Lewiston Farmers’ Market, serves on the Board of the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Market (MFFM) and represents the NC as part of the Maine Local Food Access Network (MLFAN).

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Lorelei Cimeno

Rainbow Farm, Orland

Lorilei (she/her) owns and operates Rainbow Farm in Orland, Maine with her husband Noah Cimeno. Rainbow Farm is a diversified farm that raises pastured poultry and Scottish Highland cattle, and grows MOFGA certified organic fruits and vegetables. Rainbow Farm participates in the Blue Hill Farmers’ Market, where Lorelei is the market manager. With the help of several community partners, Lorelei implemented SNAP acceptance and MHB to the Blue Hill Farmers’ Market. Rainbow Farm is also a member of the Bar Harbor Eden and Northeast Harbor Farmers’ Markets.

Carl Costanzi

Western Maine Health, MFFM Treasurer

Carl Costanzi coordinates the 5210 Let’s Go! Oxford County program for Western Maine Health. 5210 Let’s Go! is a multisector childhood obesity prevention program. He is also involved with the healthy eating and active living work of the Oxford County Wellness Collaborative and with the Maine Outdoor Coalition working to get people in Maine connected to the outdoors. He participates in the two local community food councils, The Local Food Connection and Community Food Matters as well as the Bethel Area Nonprofit Collaborative.

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Hilary Crowell

The Cultivated Thread, Wiscasset

Hilary has farmed for over 10 years at a variety of small scale diversified veggie and livestock operations. She’s been a part of the Dandelion Spring team for many years and continues to vend with Beth Schiller at the Portland and Rockland markets. Alongside her part time farming work, she lives and works in Wiscasset running a small batch weaving studio, The Cultivated Thread.

Mark Guzzi

Peacemeal Farm, Dixmont, MFFM Board Chair

Mark Guzzi owns and operates Peacemeal Farm in Dixmont with his partner, Marcia Ferry. They grow MOFGA Certified Organic vegetables for sale at farmers’ markets in Orono, Belfast, Camden, Waterville, Bangor and at their farm stand in Dixmont. Mark and his two daughters enjoying a snack on the back of the truck.

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Laura McCandlish

Independent Journalist/ Farmers' Market Enthusiast

Laura is a farmers’ 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.

Jenna Nelson

Tasteful Editing, Ellsworth

Jenna is the owner of Tasteful Editing. She has specialized in editing cookbooks and food writing since 2009. She works with new and best-selling authors, and she edits manuscripts of all kinds—from Texas barbecue to vegan baking. Before moving to Maine, Jenna was a graduate student in women’s studies and an active volunteer with Atlanta-based nonprofits. She is a longtime farmers’ market shopper, and she believes in supporting local farms and promoting access to locally grown food. Jenna lives, works, and cooks in Ellsworth with her husband.

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Kelsey Kobik

Kelsey Kobik Photography

Kelsey lives in Freedom and owns her own dedicated farm photography business, traveling around New England frequently to photograph farms for editorial and marketing needs. With her partner, Dan Towle, and in collaboration with Songbird Organic Farm, she helps operate a seed-to-loaf bakery, Vesper Bread. She also helps with online and big-picture marketing for Goranson Farm and South Paw Farm. A longtime marketeer, Kelsey is passionate about farmers’ markets because of both the huge influence working there has had on her as a person, and because of the huge impact they have on the economic, environmental, and social health of a community. Her favorite farm tasks besides markets are hand weeding, cultivating with Lillistons, and picking beans.

Deena Albert Parks

Chops Ahoy Farm

Deena comes to the MFFM Board as the Chairperson of the Presque Isle Farmers’ Market. She owns and operates Chops Ahoy Farm in Woodland with her husband Barrett and 3 kids. Deena wears many hats and has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for the past 25 years. She has also been a University professor, Physical Therapy Aide, Pharmacy Tech, and does pediatric medical transcription currently. She recently started a 4-H group and is the Vice President of the Maine Agri-Women.

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Carolyn Snell

Snell Family Farm, Buxton

Carolyn is the Chair of the Portland Farmers’ Market Association and a fourth-generation, farmer at Snell Family Farm, which she runs with her parents John and Ramona Snell. Carolyn also runs Carolyn Snell Designs, a flower farm and floral design studio. Snell Family Farm grows cut flowers, fruits, vegetables, seedlings and perennials for sale at their farm stand and at the Portland Farmers’ Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Glenn Stevens Shourds

Maggie's Farm at Mulberry Creek CSA, MFFM Board Vice Chair

Glenn was born, raised and spent most of his life on the Ohio River Valley in the southern tip of Indiana. He grew up on a dairy farm and was the youngest of four kids, but when he turned 18 his parents sold the herd. He’s done many things in his life including construction and ministry, but farming’s deep in his veins and came back to it even after he said he’d never milk again. Glenn and his family started sustainable agricultural practices in Indiana, but since it was a big ag state, they found themselves running into the ground. They tried selling through CSA’s, Farmer’s Markets, and on the farm, but when they moved from selling just vegetables and meat to try to do dairy as well, they realized it would be nearly impossible to do that there. So in the fall of 2018, they found a farm and moved 1200 miles to near Bowdoinham Maine where they established a dairy and were soon licensed to make cheese. Glenn spent most of his life sharing his skills with others and using his knowledge to benefit them and not just himself. This is something he’s actively and constantly working on whether it be for large groups of people or just a couple who asked a simple question.

Jane Torres

Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce, Houlton

Jane Torres, Director of the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce, in Houlton and is one of the organizers, as well as the fiscal sponsor, for the Houlton Community Market. It has been such a joy to see our market grow from the original 4 vendors eight years ago to the current Market that hosts 25. As a supporter of our community, I have also been busy over the past 10 years developing and growing the County Co-op & Farm Store. It was established to support local farmers and crafters, giving them a place to sell their product throughout the year. With the Co-op and the Market working together the agricultural community has a retail outlet throughout the year.

Ben Whatley

Whatley Farm, Topsham

Ben has farmed organic vegetables and seedlings with his family in Topsham since 2012. Ben is a former MOFGA apprentice and Journeyperson, and Whatley Farm has been certified organic by MOFGA since its founding. The majority of the farm’s produce is marketed at the Brunswick Farmers Market, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Farmers Market, and Brunswick Winter Market. Ben serves as the liaison for the Brunswick Farmers Market’s SNAP/MHB program, and works with the Merrymeeting Gleaners and Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program to support food access locally. Through organic plant sales, and donations to community and school gardens, Whatley Farm seeks to inspire new farmers and gardeners to grow.

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