MFFM Welcomes New Board Members

At MFFM’s January Annual Meeting (which took place at the convention in Augusta), 4 new members were voted onto the Board of Directors, bringing the Board to a total of 14, with 10 directors returning for renewed terms. Long-term director Mike Gold left the Board after more than 5 years of service.

At the Board’s regularly scheduled February meeting, officers were elected, with the 2017 officers all stepping up for another year at their positions: Hanne Tierney, Board Chair; Jack McAdam, Vice Chair; Sherie Blumethal, Secretary; Brittany Hopkins, Treasurer.

Back row, L-R: Lisa Smith, John Burgess, Hanne Tierney, Brittany Hopkins, Jenna Patten, Sherie Blumenthal. Front row: BrennaMae Thomas-Googins, Johanna Burdet, Mark Guzzi, Jack McAdam. (Missing from photo: Mike Bahner, Angie Wotton, Cathy Karonis.)

Please join us in welcoming the following new directors!

John Burgess
Burgess Tree Farm, Newport
John grew up in Warren, ME, graduated from the University of Maine with a B.A. degree in History, and has lived in Newport since 1976.  He and his wife have three grown children and four grandchildren. John dairy farmed 1972-1996, has grown hay since 1996, grew squash and pumpkins for wholesale/retail 2000 – 2016, has been growing Christmas trees since 1996, and has engaged in small-scale grass fed beef and pork production since 2000.  Although he has participated in several off-farm business ventures, his main focus and interest has always been agriculture, and he understands the joys and challenges of farming in Maine.

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. (

Lisa Smith
Lisa has managed programs in the nonprofit sector for the past two decades, mainly in the realm of animal welfare. She has also been extensively involved with: development and fundraising, grant writing, media and publicity, community outreach, membership, board cultivation, policy, as well as creating programs. A native of Indiana and graduate of Purdue University, Lisa’s grandparents farmed in rural Virginia. Lisa moved to Maine in 1985. She and her husband of 27 years, Peter, live in a 200+ year old former farm and tavern in Falmouth with a myriad of pets.

BrennaMae Thomas-Googins
Patch Farm, Denmark
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.