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Executive Committee

President: David Shipman (China)

Vice-President: Beth Schiller (Newcastle)

Treasurer: Logan Johnston (Gardiner)

Recording Secretary: Jo Ann Myers (Waldoboro)

Fair Steering Committee Representative: Eli Berry (Washington)

At Large: Sam May (Portland); Alice Percy (Whitefield)

Committee/LLC Representatives

Agricultural Services: Adrienne Lee (Knox)

Buildings & Grounds: Ellis Percy (Jefferson)

Certification Services, LLC: John Krueger (Northport)

Educational Programs: Stacy Brenner (Scarborough)

El Salvador Sistering: Jim Torbert (Whitefield)

Fair Steering: Eli Berry (Washington); Sam Brown (Parkman)

Finance: Logan Johnston (Gardiner)

Food Policy: Amanda Beal (Portland)

Fundraising: Sam May (Portland)

Low Impact Forestry: Rose Zoller (Freedom)

Public Policy: Jo Ann Myers (Waldoboro)

Sagadahoc County Chapter Representative

Jeremy Blaiklock (Arrowsic)

Waldo Organic Growers Chapter Representative

Lee Stover (Waldo)

Board Members at Large
Spencer Aitel (China)
Elizabeth Hart (Mount Vernon)
Todd Little-Siebold (Ellsworth)
Richard Silliboy (Littleton)
Ben Tettlebaum (Arundel)
Annie Watson (Whitefield)

 

  

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 MOFGA Board of Directors Minimize

Like most boards of non-profit organizations, MOFGA's Board of Directors manages and controls the business and property of the Association. It supervises the work of the Executive Director. It establishes goals and policies, sets priorities, adopts resolutions and reviews programs in support of furthering the purposes of the Association. In addition to attending regular Board meetings, each Board Member participates in at least one of MOFGA's many other volunteer committees, offering guidance and substantive work, and serving as a liaison between the Board and other committees. There is a formal process for being appointed to the MOFGA Board. Anyone interested in joining the Board should discuss his or her interests with a current Board member. MOFGA members are entitled to attend Board meetings if they wish.


    

 Current Board Members

Spencer Aitel - Member at Large

Two Loons Farm
407 Vassalboro Road, South China, ME 04358
Phone: 207-441-4169
Fax: 207-445-3668

Spencer and partner Paige Tyson care for 150 registered Jerseys in China, Maine. The 65+ milkers help supply CROPP Coop with milk for Stoneyfield Farms Organic yogurts, and Organic Valley milk. Two Loons farm works cropland spread out over 400+ acres (not including rented land) which feeds the herd and supplies grain seed to FEDCO. The farm also sells a variety of agricultural products including hay, straw, veal and beef, eggs and turkeys. Long term interests in energy efficient construction, indoor air quality, and historic restoration continue to occupy a portion of their time.

 

Amanda Beal - Liaison to the Food Policy Committee

900 Wottons Mill Road, Warren, 04864
Email:
borageblossom@yahoo.com

Amanda's life-long interest in how we produce food began as a child growing up on her family's dairy farm in Maine, as well as on the coast of Casco Bay, where she has fond memories of digging for dinner alongside her grandfather in the clam flats during the summer and warming the bench of his smelt shanty in winter. She previously served on MOFGA’s board and returned in 2015 after a 5 year hiatus, where she pursued graduate studies in the Agriculture, Food & Environment master's program at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and is now completing her Ph.D. in the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science program at the University of New Hampshire. She works as a Policy and Research Fellow at Maine Farmland Trust and is co-author of "A New England Food Vision: Healthy Food for All, Sustainable Farming and Fishing, Thriving Communities."

Eli Berry - Liaison to the Fair Steering Committee, Executive Committee

246 Youngs Hill Road, Washington 04574
Phone: 207-242-5947
Email:
1970eliberry@gmail.com

Eli Berry grew up in Bowdoinham and lives in Washington where he keeps a few Dexter cattle, works the family woodlot, and grows trees, shrubs, and perennials that best support our native birds, bees, and other critical beneficals. He operates Human Powered Forestry Tools, selling innovative wheeled log arches, pruning saws, and specialty hand tools. An educator, consultant, and practitioner of low impact forestry and positive impact land stewardship, Eli has worked with MOFGA, Tanglewood 4H Camp, Small Woodlot Owners of Maine, Unity Barn Raisers, Hidden Valley Nature Center, and countless individuals to inspire, instruct, and equip the next generation of landowners. As a woodworker, teacher, and land manager, he relishes the challenge of making the most of muscle power, appropriately scaled tools, simple processes, and good timing. Raised on homegrown food and native sugar; with animals, family, and intimately known landscape as teachers, he appreciates a life locally lived. He considers sharing the skills, local knowledge, and stories that fit us into our natural place essential to individual well being, collective creativity and enterprise, and our very survival. Eli believes in leaving the soil better than you found it, that there's nothing more dangerous than a dull tool, and in cleaning his plate. He supports his local library, loves to travel under his own power, and measures good work by the pleasure in the doing as much as the results.

Jeremy Blaiklock - Sagadahoc County Chapter Representative

Email: jeremy@seaflowerdesign.com

From Arrowsic. Jeremy grew up on a small organic farm in Arrowsic, where he was regularly dragged to Sagadahoc MOFGA chapter meetings. He has a degree in Environmental Studies from Allegheny College and spent 9 years at an organic landscaping company in Pittsburg PA, before returning to Arrowsic in 2002. He owns Seaflower Garden & Design, a design/ build landscaping company. When not gardening or helping out on the family farm, Jeremy can be found volunteering as a firefighter or helping to build Virginia, a replica of Maine's first ship.

Jeremy Blaiklock

Stacy Brenner - Liaison to the Educational Programs Committee

Broadturn Farm
www.broadturnfarm.com

stacy@broadturnfarm.com
207-510-4822

Stacy Brenner lives, farms and flowers at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough with her husband, John Bliss and two daughters, Emma, age 21 and Flora, age 10. They raise vegetables and flowers, host weddings and operate a summer day camp that focuses on connecting a young community with where nutritious and sustainable food comes from. Stacy's focus is on the flowers, which she arranges for weddings, special events, corporate accounts and wholesale customers.  She also finds beauty in old wood, rusty metal, and all the fruits of her family's labor. She's devoted to understanding and improving farmland preservation, farmland tenancy arrangements and organic agriculture as an economic driver for the state of Maine. Her resume includes work as a barista, an orchid greenhouse caretaker, a cotton farmer and a nurse-midwife. She holds a BS in Agriculture from the University of Arizona, and BSN and an MSN in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her best ideas come after coffee and before whiskey. She's been settled in Maine since 2002.

Sam Brown – Fair Steering Committee

 

443 Smart, Parkman, ME 04443
Phone: 207-277-4221

Elizabeth Hart - Member at Large

96 Weston Road, Mount Vernon, ME 04352-9731
Phone: 207-293-2489
Email:
betsy.hart@gmail.com

Prior to joining the MOFGA Board, Elizabeth was a longtime member of the Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee, having served as its Chair, as a member of the Food Area sub-committee, and as a co-coordinator for both the Agricultural Demonstrations Area and the Social and Political Action Area. She enjoys the collaborative spirit and passionate commitment of the MOFGA community. She and her husband, Chris Coulling, feel blessed to live and garden organically in Mount Vernon. Elizabeth is a family physician whose practice focuses on Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Care. She has been a teacher of medical humanities, ethics, complementary medicine, and literature. She is a former Medical Director of the Maine Migrant Health Program, which provides care for Maine's often invisible migrant farm workers.

Logan Johnston - Treasurer, Executive Committee, Liaison to the Finance Committee

 

Oaklands Farm
PO Box 26, Gardiner, ME 04345
Phone: 207-582-2136
www.oaklands-farm.com

Logan, with his wife Phyllis Gardiner, owns and operates Oaklands Farm in Gardiner. Oaklands Farm offers both small & large quantities of beef flash frozen for safe storage. They raise their beef cattle on the farm eating only 100% certified organic pasture grasses, dry hay, baleage, and grain, which they grow. They do not use any artificial hormones, supplements, fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides in raising their cattle or growing their feed. All their meat is processed locally and is dry aged between 12 and 14 days.

John Krueger - Liaison to MOFGA Certification Services, LLC

 

291 Rocky Road, Northport, ME 04849
Phone: 207-338-8676 (h); 207-322-6297 (c)
Email:
jkrueg1@gmail.com

John has a background in management and science. He directed the State of Maine Public Health Laboratory that performed clinical microbiological, environmental, chemical, and forensic testing in a wide range of samples. He continues several of his interests as a laboratory informatics consultant to public health practitioners. His past includes 23 years as Selectman for Liberty, a term on the SAD #34 School Board, and broad participation in local and state environmental groups and land trusts. He lives with his wife Wendy and dog blue on 33 acres in Northport, on the Belfast line, where they garden and manage a woodlot. Fond hopes as a board member include helping to disseminate the effects of chemicals and additives to the food supply and also to help make Maine a more self-sufficient state. Through connections with farmers and gardeners that advocate Maine’s unique brand of “natural” organic and sustainable agricultural practices, MOFGA has an important place in an ever changing world.

Adrienne Lee - Liaison to the Agricultural Services Committee

 

New Beat Farm
55 Morse Road, Knox, ME 04986
Email:
newbeatfarm@gmail.com

Adrienne has worked her way through MOFGA’s education programs from apprentice, to Journeyperson and now as a farmer participant in MOFGA’s Apprenticeship Program, helping to train the next generation of farmers. She started New Beat Farm with her partner Ken Lamson in 2008. They are a horse-powerd farm, growing MOFGA certified organic produce, flowers and herbs for their 75 member CSA and farmers' markets in Belfast and Orono. Adrienne aspires to build as close as she can to a self-sustaining agroecosystem, which produces not only healthy and nutrient rich crops, but healthy soils and a vibrant farm ecosystem. She hopes that her work on the MOFGA board helps to build local food security, conscientious land stewardship, and promote healthy self-sufficient communities here in her home state of Maine. When Adrienne doesn’t have her hands in the dirt she enjoys dancing, biking, x-country skiing , and hiking through the mountains of New England.

Todd Little-Siebold - Member at Large

Email: tlittle-siebold@coa.edu

Todd is a professor of history and Latin American studies at College of the Atlantic. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he grew up in a family where gardening, greenhouses, and the beauty of plants were just part of the deal. He came to Maine eighteen years ago to teach at the College, and has lived in Ellsworth on the old Pioneer Farm for much of that time. Over a decade working away at the restoration of the original farmhouse from the 1770s has provided him ample time to reflect about past inhabitants and farmers whose haunts these were. This slowly grew into an interest in the history of local agriculture and the history of heirloom fruit. Over the last eight years he has worked closely with John Bunker to help track down and preserve the region’s forgotten fruit. He is currently involved in the Maine Heritage Orchard at MOFGA’s Unity Fairgrounds as well as a similar community heritage orchard on the College’s farms and campus. He teaches classes on the history of apples as well as one called Corn and Coffee, about the history of subsistence and commodity agriculture.

 

Sam May - Member At Large, Executive Committee

100 Vaughan Street, Portland, ME 04102
Phone: 207-518-9087
Cell: 207-653-2260
Email:
sam@ddragonllc.com

Little Spruce Island Farm, Hancock County, Penobscot Bay

Sam grew up on Rockport harbor in the 50s and 60s and worked from an early age at Alexander’s Egg Farm and Cripps Dairy in Simonton’s Corner. As a young boy, he helped take the insulated truck to the ice factory to load block ice before delivering the just bottled milk. By the age of 13 he was driving from farm to field hauling manure, hay and animals. He remembers the day Chet Cripps decided to let his cows go and cater to golfers and the following summer he spent picking rocks out of cow pasture to make Goose River Golf Course. Sam helped his brother Keith start Peter Ott’s Restaurant in Camden in 1974. After college he started Smith and May Masonry with Sam Smith. In 1988 he joined the board of WERU to help grow the station beyond its roots on Blue Hill peninsula. In 1990 Sam left Maine to earn an MBA in International Business and launch a career as a stock analyst and international banker in Silicon Valley and Hong Kong. Sam and his family share two islands in Penobscot Bay bought by his wife’s great, great grandmother in 1904. Over the last 12 years Sam, his family and partners have developed an island farm on 44-acre Little Spruce Head Island. In his interest in global trends he has developed an understanding of organic food’s critical place at the heart of health, environment, culture and community. Sam is deeply honored to join the board of MOFGA.

Jo Ann Myers - Recording Secretary, Executive Committee, Liaison to the Public Policy Committee

Beau Chemin Preservation Farm
1749 Finntown Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572
Phone: 207-691-8164 (cell)
Email:
yupik@midcoast.com

Wayne & Jo Ann Myers’ Beau Chemin Preservation Farm in Waldoboro was established in 1998, and certified organic for all crops and laying hens. Farm buildings date to the 1820’s. They operate a small visitor farm offering pick your own berries and small fruits, and endangered heritage breeds of livestock selling fiber and breeding stock. They find that one way to raise awareness about organic practices and biodiversity in our food and livestock is by opening the farm to visitors and talking with people. Pre-farm, Jo & Wayne worked on developing & sustaining rural health care. Wayne continues this as a volunteer and consultant with a broader view to general rural policy here and overseas. Maine is truly fortunate to be home to MOFGA, a vibrant and responsible organization and we are grateful to be involved.

Ellis Percy - Liaison to the Buildings & Grounds Committee

Spruce Bush Farm
190 Howe Rd
Whitefield, ME  04353
207-549-4500
Email:
info@beyondcoffee.biz

Ellis has farmed in Maine since the mid-1970s, raising beef and hogs, and running a specialty foods business making maple syrup, dilly beans, pickled fiddleheads and garlic, and Beyond Coffee. Ellis came to MOFGA through the Common Ground Country Fair, and served as a volunteer on the Fair Planning Team, the Fair Steering Committee, the MOFGA Board, and the Buildings & Grounds Committee. He led the search for a permanent home for MOFGA, discovering the 250+ acres of land that is now the Common Ground Education Center. Ellis erved as Fairgrounds Logistics Coordinator to coordinate Fair Set-up and Clean-up for many years.

 
Alice Percy - Member At Large, Executive Committee

Treble Ridge Farm
528 E River Rd., Whitefield, ME 04353
Email:
trebleridgefarm@gmail.com

Alice grew up on a dairy goat farm in Whitefield and graduated from Colby College in 2005 with a degree in Environmental Science, which she did her best to turn into a degree in organic agriculture. She and her husband Rufus operated a diversified organic farm on her family's property from 2005-2015, focusing on pastured hogs and field crops, as well as a fine crop of three boys who are now all in elementary school. She heads the Organic Growers Supply division at Fedco Seeds, along with fellow board member David Shipman. She seeks the marriage of economic, social, and environmental sustainability for Maine's farms, and a regional food system that is ethical, affordable, and convenient for farmers, middlemen and eaters.

Beth Schiller - Vice President, Executive Committee

Dandelion Spring Farm
30 Brick Hill Rd, Newcastle, ME 04553
Phone: 207-380-4199

Beth owns and operates Dandelion Spring Farm, a small MOFGA-certified organic operation in Newcastle. The farm lives in tandeem with Straw Farm, which long-time MOFGA farmer Lee Straw started. Beth and Lee spend every day hoping for more hours to do the work they enjoy. Beth specializes in mixed salad greens of many types, but enjoys the full compliment of vegetable crops, growing most everything you can think of except corn. She gets sparkly eyed over heirloom varieties and other unusual types of seed stock, although she also relies on a hearty list of hybrid favorites to assure a good harvest of melons, beans, etc. in this challenging garden climate. Beth is very interested in Biodynamic methods, and is slowly working toward incorporating more of them into the practice. Beth and Lee have a significant livestock operation as well, raising sheep, pigs, chickens and a herd of Jersey dairy cows.

David Shipman - President, Executive Committee

94 Maple Ridge Road, China, ME 04358
Phone: 207-923-3114
Email:
kirship@gmail.com

David and his wife Susan Kiralis moved to China in 1987. Their garden plot has been in cultivation for about two hundred years. David has coordinated Fedco's Organic Growers Supply division since 1995. Through OGS, he works with Spencer Aitel to provide Maine-grown organic and certified cover-crop and forage seeds.

Richard Silliboy - Member at Large

Email: rjsilliboy@pwless.net

Richard makes brown ash potato baskets in the style of his Micmac ancestry. He served as president of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, and was founder and co-coordinator of the Maine Indian Basketmakers area of the Common Ground Country Fair, where he has exhibited for many years. Richard assisted in organizing the area to help preserve the basketmaking traditions of the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Tribes of Maine, and to help encourage the revival of agriculturally based rural communities. He focuses on the spirituality of interconnectedness, mentoring the next generation of Maine Indian Basketmakers, presenting workshops and speaking about the importance of tribal identification and knowing ones roots. Richard promotes other native artwork and culture such as beadwork, woodcarvings, moose hide drums, birch bark, and beaded and quill jewelry, and drumming and singing in native Wabanaki languages. He seeks to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Maine Native people and culture through educational displays with historical references. He also advocates for protection of the bioregion's brown ash trees, which are threatened by the invasive emerald ash borer.

 
Lee Stover - Waldo Organic Growers Chapter Representative 

15 E Waldo Rd, Waldo, ME 04915
Phone: 207-323-1367

Following a 25-year career as a forester for a large paper company in Washington County, Lee moved to a 110-acre woodlot in Waldo in 1999. With help from others, he cleared land for a large garden, lumber and equipment sheds, and lumber drying piles. Using a 35-horsepower 4-wheel drive tractor and a portable bandsaw sawmill, he manages the woodlot, cuts trees and saws them into lumber, which he drys and sells. The woodlot is now a certified tree farm - certified and and inspected for long-term sustainability and environmental stewardship by the American Tree Farm System - a national education and certification organization for family-owned forests.

Ben Tettlebaum - Member at Large

Email: ben.tettlebaum@gmail.com

Ben worked as staff attorney at the Maine Advocacy Center of the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) focusing on agriculture, clean energy and climate change policy. He launched CLF's Legal Food Hub in Maine in 2015 offering pro bono legal assistance to income-eligible farmers, food entrepreneurs, and food-related organizations, and hosting dozens of legal workshops for the agricultural community. Ben now works in the field of experiential education. He owns an international adventure travel company, manages outdoor education for the Appalachian Mountain Club in its southernmost facility, and works as a senior instructor for several other companies in the outdoor industry. Ben also teaches medical courses for remote environments with National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness Medicine. Ben is pursuing several start-up ventures in the outdoor and education industries, along with a socio-political project focused on bridging social capital.

Jim Torbert - Liaison to the El Salvador Sistering Committee

Email: thetajim2@gmail.com

From Whitefield. Jim met his soulmate Theta in Mendocino County, California in 1972 after spending two years in rural Nicaragua as a Peace Corps Volunteer and another year and a half working in a community center in the south end of San Francisco. Theta was the "goat lady" of Yorkville, CA, and their mutual interest in goat dairying led them, eventually, to managing commercial goat dairies in northern Arkansas and southern Maryland, before finally moving to Maine in 1983. Here they continued goat dairying on a more modest scale (6-8 milking does), with Theta operating a creamery that produced a fresh chevrotin, which sold at markets and restaurants from the Belfast Coop to the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. Jim became a full-time foreign language teacher but continued to farm and garden organically during the summer and, when possible, the rest of the year. About 12 years ago, Jim was asked to interpret for a delegation of rural community leaders from El Salvador who were touring MOFGA certified farms, guests of what was then an ad-hoc MOFGA committee affiliated with U.S. - El Salvador Sister Cities. He was hooked. His interest in sustainable agriculture had been sparked by living locally for two years in Central America, and there it was again: a full circle. Jim knows that the ingenuity, resilience, courage, and organizing skills of Central American campesinos provide deep and valuable lessons to peasants everywhere, including us.

 

Annie Watson - Member at Large

Sheepscot Valley Farm
163 Townhouse Road, Whitefield, ME 04353
Phone: 207-549-0011
Email:
Sheepscotvalleyfarm@gmail.com

Annie Watson and her husband Michael Moody are co-owners of Sheepscot Valley Farm, a MOFGA certified organic dairy farm located on the beautiful Townhouse Road in Whitefield. She is a 2005 graduate of Brown University, where she received her B.A. in Theater Arts. When she isn’t covered in cow manure, Annie is also owner and operator of A. Watson Design, a boutique event design firm. She and Michael live on the farm with their sons, Oliver and Henry, their tiny farm-dog, Otis, and their herd of Holstein ladies. 

 

Rose Zoller - Liason to the Low Impact Forestry Committee

95 Hardwood Lane, Freedom, ME 04941
Phone: 203-217-1422
Email:
jzoller11@alumni.unity.edu

Rose grew up in Connecticut and came to Maine in 2011 to attend Unity College. Rose has worked various jobs in the area and has come to love the community here. She graduated with a degree in Parks and Forestry Resources and hopes to continue her passion for sustainable management of forests through MOFGA's Low Impact Forestry group. She currently resides in Freedom, living off the grid with her dog Keisha.

 


  

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