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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).[email protected]
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.[email protected]
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 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.[email protected]
Logan is the owner-operator, farmer and butcher of Sowbelly Butchery in Jefferson, ME. After seeking better options to responsibly consume meat, he intentionally built a farmers’ market focused business revolving around whole animal butchery of Maine-raised, organic and grass fed livestock. Sowbelly found its home at Brunswick and Rockland farmers’ markets, for the sale of seasonal sausages and other meat treats. It provides transparency of practice, connection among farmers, processors and consumers and robust customer choice, otherwise lacking in the meat industry. Logan enjoys noodling in the nuance of coalition building and self-governance, is committed to increasing access to local foods, and expanding the footprint of Maine farmers’ markets collectively.
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.
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.[email protected]
Deena Albert Parks
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.[email protected]
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
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.
BrennaMae owns and operates Patch Farm with her partner Brandon McKenney, mother Nancy, and daughter Ainsley. She grows certified organic vegetables, herbs and fruits. They also raise organic eggs, chicken, forest-raised pork, and have a fledgling herd of dairy goats. BrennaMae runs the Bridgton Farmers’ Market, and has been integral in implementing and running the market’s SNAP program. They also attend the Lewiston Farmers’ Market and sell through a CSA, their farmstand, and various wholesale accounts.[email protected]
Angie and her husband live on a small farm and sell mixed vegetables and fruit at the Houlton Community Market. Angie has been on the board of Houlton Community Market since its inception in 2009 and has been active in establishing the SNAP program. She currently works at the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District.[email protected]