Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Board of Directors

Community \ Board of Directors

Like most boards of nonprofit 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. There is a formal process for being appointed to the MOFGA board. Those interested in joining the board should discuss their interests with a current board member. MOFGA members are entitled to attend board meetings.

Spencer Aitel

Spencer Aitel

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 Farm 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.

Eli Berry

Eli Berry

246 Youngs Hill Road, Washington 04574
Phone: 207-242-5947

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 Blaiklok

Jeremy Blaiklock


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.

Stacy Brenner

Stacy Brenner – Vice President, Executive Committee

Broadturn Farm

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

Sam Brown

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

Sam was raised in Tacoma Washington. He moved to Cambridge, ME in 1974, and has dabbled in most of the Mother Earth News subjects at one time or another since then. Cows, logging with horses, onions, hay, butchering, alternative school, old tractors, country dances, apples, chickens, lumber, firewood. But once he became active in MOFGA, around the turn of the millenium, specifically with the Low Impact Forestry Project, he has felt much more a part of Maine's farm and forest evolution. He's a licensed forester, is active on various Town committees (energy, planning, dam restoration), and thinks he's a pretty good crossword puzzler (his sons disagree). He is fascinated by the malleable organization of MOFGA at all levels, and how volunteers cooperate to accomplish goals.

Peter Hagerty

Peter Hagerty

Peace Fleece
475 Porterfield Rd., Porter, ME 04068
Phone: 207-625-4906

Peter Hagerty and his wife Marty Tracy sold their Peace Fleece yarn at the fair for many years. Now Peter is a teacher and staff person for the Low Impact Forestry Project which runs courses in gentle forestry throughout the year. They have two grown children and live in Porter, Maine with their draft horses Willie and Nick, their dog Modi and a small flock of sheep and chickens. Photo by John Williams

Logan Johnston

Logan Johnston – Treasurer, Executive Committee

Oaklands Farm
PO Box 26, Gardiner, ME 04345
Phone: 207-582-2136

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 2013

John Krueger

291 Rocky Road, Northport, ME 04849
Phone: 207-338-8676 (h); 207-322-6297 (c)

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.

Todd Little-Siebold

Todd Little-Siebold


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

Sam May – Executive Committee

100 Vaughan Street, Portland, ME 04102
Phone: 207-518-9087 Cell: 207-653-2260
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

Jo Ann Myers – Secretary, Executive Committee

Beau Chemin Preservation Farm
1749 Finntown Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572
Phone: 207-691-8164 (cell)

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.

Beth Schiller

Beth Schiller – President, Executive Committee

Dandelion Spring Farm
961 Ridge Rd
Bowdoinham, ME 04008
Phone: 207-380-4199

Beth owns and operates Dandelion Spring Farm, a small MOFGA-certified organic operation raising seven acres of mixed vegetables in Bowdoinham. The farm's products can be found at farmers’ markets in Rockland and Portland, and at many natural food stores and restaurants along the coast from Camden south to Scarborough.

David Shipman

David Shipman – Executive Committee

94 Maple Ridge Road, China, ME 04358
Phone: 207-923-3114

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.


Ben Tettlebaum


Ben grew up on a small farm in central Missouri. They raised beef cattle and grew corn and soybeans. That hilly, forested land of brush and trouble instilled in him a lifelong love of the outdoors. Currently, Ben works as an attorney, specializing in risk management. Formerly, he practiced law at the Maine Advocacy Center of the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) focusing on agriculture, climate change, and clean energy policy and litigation. 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. As he has for the past 20+ years, Ben stays connected to the field of experiential education, teaching emergency medical courses for remote environments with NOLS Wilderness Medicine. He lives in New Gloucester, serves on several nonprofit boards around Maine, and is humbled to work with the dedicated people at MOFGA.

Annie Watson

Annie Watson

Sheepscot Valley Farm
163 Townhouse Road, Whitefield, ME 04353
Phone: 207-549-0011

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 one-year old son, Oliver, their tiny farm-dog, Otis, and their herd of Holstein ladies.

Board Roles

Executive Committee

President: Beth Schiller (Bowdoinham)

Vice-President: Stacy Brenner (Scarborough)

Treasurer: Logan Johnston (Gardiner)

Secretary: Jo Ann Myers (Waldoboro)

Eli Berry (Washington)

Sam May (Portland)

David Shipman (China)

Board Members at Large

Spencer Aitel (China)

Jeremy Blaiklock (Arrowsic)

Sam Brown (Parkman)

Peter Hagerty (Porter)

John Krueger (Northport)

Todd Little-Siebold (Ellsworth)

Ben Tettlebaum (Arundel)

Annie Watson (Whitefield)

Penobscot Chapter Representative
Galen Young (Argyle)

Sagadahoc County Chapter Representative
Jeremy Blaiklock (Arrowsic)


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