Jimmy DeBiasi

Executive Director

Since 2017, Jimmy has overseen the growth and development of the Maine Harvest Bucks program at farmers’ markets and farm stands across Maine. For over a decade, Jimmy has pursued work experiences that entrenched him in agriculture, food systems, and community development work.  Jimmy spent a year as an AmeriCorps in rural Missouri where he launched an online farmers’ market and spearheaded garden-based education programming at local schools and low-income communities.  Before joining the MFFM team, he worked as a volunteer organizer and development professional at a major social services nonprofit in Portland, Oregon.  Jimmy is excited to be setting his roots in Maine and helping to strengthen farmer livelihood and fresh food access for all with his role as Executive Director at MFFM.

Emily Grassie

Program Associate

Emily is a life long New Englander who grew up visiting her local farmers’ market weekly and tending her own backyard flock of chickens.  Her interest in agriculture and farm-to-table eating was evident even then, and her great enthusiasm for all things local has continued to grow ever since.  Now she visits her local farmers’ market each week with her own family.  She lives in Carmel where she and her family (and their backyard flock!) enjoy working on their homestead, towards their goal of food self-sufficiency. As Program Associate, Emily works on a variety of Federation projects, including coordinating the Maine Harvest Bucks program, consumer education, Maine Farmers’ Market Snapshot Week, and social media.

Debbie Forester

Development and Communications Coordinator

Local food systems, farmers’ markets and equitable access to healthy foods are all passions of Debbie’s. She has worked with farmers in their fields, grown food with teens in an urban garden, sold produce at farmers’ markets and farm stands, and helped found a farmers’ market that has become an important economic force in a depressed urban area.  With professional training in forestry and extensive experience in community development, Debbie has worked in Africa and the Middle East as well as Idaho and New York.  Most recently she was Director of Programs and Operations for a youth development organization in the Bronx building wooden boats and monitoring ecological systems with teens.  Debbie is happy to have landed in Maine and excited to contribute to strengthening farmers’ markets through her role as Development and Communications Coordinator.