Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Joan Cheetham
Joan Cheetham
Gwyneth Harris
Gwyneth Harris. Photo by Neal McNaughten.
Becky and Eric Sideman
Becky and Eric Sideman. English photo.

Welcome, New Certification Staff

Joan Cheetham is a certification specialist with MOFGA Certification Services LLC who reviews client files, does inspections and reviews inputs. She grew up on a small dairy and sheep farm in southern Maine, tending her first garden plot at age five. She studied botany and agronomy in college and holds a doctorate in crop physiology from Iowa State University. Cheetham has worked on agricultural research farms in Connecticut and Iowa, and taught biology, agronomy and environmental studies at Wilson College in Pennsylvania for eight years. At Wilson College she also helped to establish the Center for Sustainable Living on farmland owned by the college, including initiating one of the first CSAs in Pennsylvania. She homesteads with her family in Monroe and volunteers as a board member of the Good Life Center in Harborside.

Gwyneth Harris, the new dairy certification specialist with MOFGA Certification Services LLC, lives in Unity, Maine, with her husband, Neal McNaughten, and their two boys, Cole and Grayson; four Percheron draft horses; four Jersey and Jersey-cross milk cows; and various other small livestock and pets. They all enjoy having too much to do, spending time outside, and eating lots of great food as they develop a small pasture-based cheese making operation.

Harris is a transplant to Maine from her home state of Vermont, but is glad to be living and farming in her other favorite New England state. She has also lived in (way) upstate New York, Washington state, Louisiana, and Norfolk, England.

She has worked on organic vegetable farms, cow dairies, sheep farms, a farmstead cheese operation and in tomato greenhouses. Most recently she coordinated the Vermont Pasture Network Program and was an adjunct faculty member at Sterling College and Vermont Technical College. She has a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science from the University of Vermont.

Congratulations to …

• MOFGA’s Eric Sideman and to Becky Grube (now Sideman) of the University of New Hampshire on their August wedding

John and Marcia Donald and family of Triple D Acres farm in New Sharon for being selected as Maine’s 2009 Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year by the New England Green Pastures Program and Cooperative Extension.
MOF&G Cover Winter 2009-2010
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