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Staff Changes at MOFGA – Spring 2018

Marta Laszkiewicz has joined our staff as the operations assistant for MOFGA Certification Services LLC.

Eric Buch is our new membership and development director.

March 1, 2018

Marta Laszkiewicz is our new operations assistant for MOFGA Certification Services LLC. Marta grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. Her desire to learn led her to College of the Atlantic, where she immersed herself in natural horsemanship, languages and sustainable energy. Her passion for the environment then led her to New Hampshire, where she managed a small farm. When she moved to Waldo County, she began working at Chase Farm. You might have met Marta at the Fair, where she was the Livestock Gate coordinator. She's excited to work at MOFGA because she is passionate about the environment, local food and farming. She loves animals, especially her two horses, two cats and one dog.

Eric Buch is our new membership and development director. Born in Montreal, Eric received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Western Ontario and a master’s of social work in community organizing and social planning from Boston College. He served more than 25 years in management positions with United Ways in Ontario, Massachusetts and Maine. Since 2007 he has held consulting and project management positions with a variety of Maine organizations. He was a founding board member of the Maine Association of Nonprofits and the Maine Philanthropy Center. Buch lives in Belfast.

At MOFGA’s annual meeting in January, Ted Quaday announced that he will retire as executive director effective August 31, 2018. He said he is thankful for the opportunity to work with MOFGA to grow the organic movement in Maine and beyond. Quaday accepted the post in September 2013. 

"MOFGA is a great organization with a positive mission to educate about and advocate for organic agriculture," said Quaday. "It has been a real privilege to work with MOFGA's 11,000 members to build on Russell Libby's legacy of advocacy for organic food and farming." 

Quaday said he will be leaving MOFGA in a strong position and that the organization is well positioned to continue the activism and positive growth demonstrated over the past four and a half years.

"We are implementing our new five-year strategic plan by providing additional services, adding support staff, and building a strong financial foundation, including growing our endowed funds to nearly $5 million. We've also moved MOFGA to a sustainable solar power system and enhanced our fairgrounds to improve attendees' experience at the Common Ground Country Fair," said Quaday.

MOFGA board president David Shipman complimented Quaday for his commitment to lead MOFGA's efforts to promote organic food and farming. The board has implemented a professionally guided national search process for a new director, who could be selected as early as this July, said Shipman.

Sam Vail recently left his position as MOFGA’s development associate to become director of development at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland. “We will miss his enthusiasm and good nature, and we wish him well on his new adventure,” said MOFGA associate director Chris Hamilton.

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