Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
MOFGA’s new executive director, Ted Quaday, checking out the chard in MOFGA’s demonstration garden with Vernon LeCount. English photo.
In the office... English photo.
Ted at a MOFGA fundraiser, with Heather Spalding, at the home of MOFGA board member Sam May and his wife, Alexandra.

This fall MOFGA welcomed its new executive director, Ted Quaday. We are excited to have this position filled and to have Ted’s expertise in connecting us with “the good food movement” throughout the United States.

An organic food advocate, Ted has dedicated the past 15 years to working for family farms and sustainable agriculture – an interest that dates back to his years growing up in North Dakota. He is a former program director at Farm Aid, where he worked with family farm and good food advocacy organizations throughout the country. Before dedicating full-time efforts to advancing the food movement, Quaday's professional experience took him from work as a broadcast journalist to advocacy on economic and environmental justice issues and work for political campaigns in North Dakota and Massachusetts. Quaday helped found the Farmer-to-Farmer Campaign on Genetic Engineering in Agriculture and served on the steering committee for the Genetic Engineering Action Network. He also co-chaired and served on the steering committee for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders group.

Quaday told The MOF&G in October that his initial time with MOFGA has been “a very positive experience” with “a good, solid community, with so many contributors – volunteers, board members, committee members. It really is inspiring to have that commitment from the members, and I’m looking to build that membership further.”

This fall Quaday has been getting to know MOFGA better – its staff, board members, budget, future proposals – “all things MOFGA.” A lot of ideas are on the table now, he says, and he looks forward to eventually “turning some of those ideas into action plans to direct our work.”

Many MOFGA members met Quaday at the Common Ground Country Fair. “Experiencing the full run of the Common Ground Fair from the inside was a tremendous introduction to multiple facets of MOFGA’s inner workings,” says Quaday. “The opportunity to observe our staff in operation – meeting the public, talking with fairgoers, recruiting new members, coordinating activities, and responding to the inevitable crises that develop during events of this kind – was a great gift. I was infinitely impressed with the high level of professionalism everyone exhibited.”

Our membership will have another chance to meet Ted Quaday at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, during the three days of the show (Jan. 7-9) and, especially, at our annual membership meeting there on Tuesday, January 7.