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Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander – Executive Director

Sarah Alexander began working as MOFGA's executive director on August 13, 2018. She has over 15 years of experience advocating for sustainable, local and fair food systems. A native of rural Ohio, she attended Northwestern University, where she became interested in fixing our food systems, protecting the environment, and in fighting for the rights of Indigenous people. It was there that she began working with the White Earth Land Recovery project, first leading a trip of students to work in the Maple Sugar Bush during spring break.

After college she completed a year-long environmental organizing fellowship with Green Corps, working on campaigns in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Chicago. When she completed that program, she moved up to the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota, where she spent three years continuing her work with the White Earth Land Recovery Project, helping to restore traditional food systems and stopping the genetic engineering of wild rice. Next she headed to Columbus, Ohio, to work as a farm apprentice at Shepherd's Corner Farm and then helped to grow the urban agriculture program at the American Community Garden Association.

From there she went to Washington, D.C., and spent nearly 10 years at Food & Water Watch, where she worked to protect organic standards, strengthen consumer labeling and fight for genetically engineered food labeling. She moved to Maine in 2015, and just prior to starting as Executive Director she worked as a Senior Strategist at M+R Strategic Services, coaching progressive nonprofits in their membership engagement and digital communications.

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Hillary Barter

Hillary Barter – Educational Programs Coordinator

Hillary grew up exploring the rivers, fields and forests of eastern Ontario, Canada. Since then, she's spent a number of years working on vegetable farms and for nonprofits in the Maritimes, central Canada and Maine. One of her first farm projects took place at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, where she helped build a campus vegetable farm. Before moving back to Maine with her husband in 2016 she completed a MA in Toronto, researching the decline in small-scale meat processing businesses in that region and impacts on farmers. She has also been involved in projects that support New Americans starting farms and efforts to grow a network of farmers markets in Southern Ontario. She currently lives at Hurricane Valley Farm in Southern Maine.

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April Boucher

April Boucher – Common Ground Country Fair Director

April grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where she spent most of her time exploring the landscape and coordinating logistics at Storyland. In 2006, she earned a B.A. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic where she specialized in agriculture, animal behavior, and ecology. She has had many interesting experiences working on farms and conducting wildlife research. Her job as the Fair Director allows her to work with a variety of dedicated volunteers and exhibitors, coordinate details, and organize an event that brings people together to share ideas and support the community. This blends well with her interests and she is gaining knowledge and experience raising livestock, farming with draft horses, and working in the woods. She is also on the Board of the Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors.

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Laurah Brown

Laurah Brown – Certification Specialist

Laurah grew up in Belfast, where she spent a good deal of time at her father’s veterinary hospital, and that experience led her to create products for animal lovers and their companion animals. "I moved to Vassalboro with the goal of developing a niche product line using organic gardening practices. I followed my passion of loving cats. I then spent 20-plus years creating and marketing a value-added product line." Creating that line enabled her to keep her great grandparents' farm in agriculture and not development – and to sell those organic gifts at the Common Ground Country Fair. "I am happy to now be working at MOFGA," says Laurah.

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Lucy Cayard

Lucy Cayard – Southern Maine Outreach Coordinator

Lucy grew up in rural Wellington, Maine, on her family’s homestead. She developed a passion for nature and growing plants from a childhood spent in the woods and in her family’s large garden. Growing up in a family of back-to-the-landers originally from West Virginia, Lucy was raised with spring-fed water, solar power and an outhouse. She left Maine to complete a bachelor’s degree and have adventures abroad, but came back to the state that she fondly calls home. Lucy has worked and volunteered in many endeavors related to community agriculture and spent the last 3-1/2 years working in affordable housing in Portland, Maine, where she lives. She is thrilled to join the MOFGA team as the Southern Maine outreach coordinator and to be working in the field to which she feels most connected.

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John Chartier

John Chartier – Agricultural Specialist – Aroostook County

John was born and raised on a crop and beef farm in Kansas. He stayed in Kansas long enough to earn his B.S. in agronomy from Kansas State. He, his wife Amy and his expanding family moved to Fort Fairfield in 2011 a few years after apprenticing at Goranson’s Farm in Dresden in 2006. John is passionate about finding ways to to make our food system work better for the health of our farmers, eaters and communities. John enjoys raising beef, chickens and a variety of garden veggies to help educate his four children and keep them all healthy. He also likes to backpack, kayak, trail run, read by the fire and ponder economics.

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Joan Cheetham

Joan Cheetham – Certification Specialist

Joan 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 at Wilson College in Pennsylvania taught biology, agronomy and environmental studies 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 on land in Monroe and volunteers as a board member of the Good Life Center in Harborside.

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Janice Clark

Janice Clark – Finance Administrator/ Advertising Manager

Janice was born and raised in Maine and lives in Vassalboro in a farmhouse on 80 acres of land. She has five married children and 17 grandchildren. She and her husband garden organically and raise and sell garlic. Janice worked as bursar at Oak Grove-Coburn School in Vassalboro for sixteen years. When the school closed in June of 1989, she became MOFGA's Office Manger. A few months later she also assumed the duties of Advertising Manager. At that time, MOFGA had five paid employees and Janice has watched the staff grow to more than 40. She has watched MOFGA grow in membership and fulfill a dream to procure its own permanent site in Unity. She enjoys vegetable canning, kayaking and cross-country skiing.

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Dave Colson

Dave Colson – Agricultural Services Director

While Dave currently leads MOFGA’s Agricultural Services Program, he has worked with MOFGA in countless ways since 1985 when his family's New Leaf Farm in Durham first got organic certification. Dave joined MOFGA's Board of Directors the next year and served for 18 years, including terms as Board President and Vice President. Dave also has been a member of the Finance, Apprenticeship, Certification and Ag Services committees. He has provided yeoman's service over the years as a traffic and parking volunteer at the Common Ground Country Fair. New Leaf Farm is a celebrated source of organic vegetables, fruits and herbs for markets and restaurants in the greater Portland area. The Colson Family has hosted dozens of farm apprentices, many of whom have gone on to start their own organic farm operations in Maine. Now, as a member of MOFGA's staff, Dave is scaling back farm production somewhat, providing leadership to an evolving Ag Services staff, and sharing the wealth of knowledge that he has gained through decades of organic farming in Maine.

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Torie DeLisle

Torie DeLisle – Membership and Development Director

Torie DeLisle and her husband own Woodhaus Farm in Waldoboro. She previously was the development director at the Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta.

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Ryan Dennett

Ryan Dennett – Education Program Director

Ryan grew up in North Berwick. She has a B.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture and an M.S. in Plant and Soil Nutrition from the University of Maine. She is a MOFGA Journeyperson alumni and operates Crescent Run Farm in Gardiner. She and her husband raise beef cattle, hogs, Icelandic sheep and chickens. Their farm is located on Oaklands Farm, where they also work in partnership to raise Oaklands' beef and hay.

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Bo Dennis

Bo Dennis – New Farmer Programs Specialist

Originally from Massachusetts, Bo started farming in 2008 and moved to Maine in 2010 to attend College of the Atlantic. He has participated both in the apprenticeship and Journey Person programs and is excited to facilitate these at MOFGA. He recently farm managed at Kennebec Valley Community College where he trained beginning farmers in growing diversified vegetables and pasture raised livestock including sheep, chickens, cattle, and pigs. He received his MS in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College where he explored improving programs for beginning farmers. Bo strives to reduce barriers for new and aspiring farmers in accessing hands-on agricultural education. Bo now raises Katahdin hair sheep on pasture in Monroe with his partner and dogs.

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Jenny Doyle

Jenny Doyle – Orchard Assistant

Jenny Doyle, MOFGA’s new orchard assistant, lives in Montville on the homestead where she grew up helping tend gardens and fruit trees. She works seasonally for Fedco Trees and is excited to be caring for fruit trees through the growing season.

Jean English

Jean English – Editor – The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener

Jean English has a B.A. in psychology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant and soil sciences from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked for Cooperative Extension and has taught horticulture, organic gardening and other subjects at UMass, Smith College and Unity College. She has edited The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener since 1988. She and her husband raise organic Christmas trees, and she grows nursery stock for Fedco Trees and produce for family consumption.

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Noah Gleason-Hart

Noah Gleason-Hart – Low-Impact Forestry Specialist

Noah Gleason-Hart, MOFGA's low-impact forestry specialist, grew up in Porter, Maine. He has worked as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, as a forestry technician for a private consulting forestry company, and apprenticed with a commercial horselogger in Vermont. His partner, Grace Pease, runs Merrifield Farm in Cornish, a long-time host farm for MOFGA apprentices.

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Caleb Goossen

Caleb Goossen – Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist

Caleb has a bachelor's degree in plant biology and sustainable agriculture from Hampshire College, and he recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Vermont, where he studied the fatty acid content of forage crops. He farmed organic vegetables in Vermont for nine years before graduate school. He also has experience with organic heirloom seed production and organic orchard maintenance on farms in New Zealand. Photo by Robert Nickelsberg.

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Andrew Graham

Andrew Graham – Community Engagement Coordinator

Andrew grew up in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania and attended Kimberton Waldorf School from pre-school through 12th grade. In 2004, Andrew's family moved to Vermont and he started attending the University of Vermont, graduating with a BS in Community & International Development. Andrew spent two years doing AmeriCorps service: one year doing hurricane recovery work on the Gulf Coast with the National Civilian Community Corps, and one year with AmeriCorps VISTA doing poverty remediation work in Vermont. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 2011, and lived at an urban farm co-op prior to moving to Keene, New Hampshire to attend Antioch University, where he earned an MS in Environmental Studies. Andrew loves to cook and do all things related to food, including growing and processing it. He is a Quaker, and believes that each of us has a duty to be an ally to people who are suffering, and to speak up on behalf of people who are disenfranchised. His values include localism and communal resource-sharing. He currently lives at Full Fork Farm in China, Maine.

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Katy GreeN

Katy Green – Communications and Outreach Director

Katy hails from Mt. Desert Island, Maine. She has worked for MOFGA since 2008. After several years assisting farmers and food producers in MOFGA's Agricultural Services and Certification departments, in 2019 Katy shifted her role to communications and outreach for the organization. Katy and her husband, Dan, live in Belfast with their dachshund.

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Chris Grigsby

Chris Grigsby – Director, MOFGA Certification Services, LLC

Chris was born in Waterville and raised in Southern Maine. After college, he settled into the Portland area, working for seafood and produce distributors before relocating to the midcoast with his wife and son and beginning work as General Manager at the Belfast Co-op. Moving from retail back to his wholesale roots, Chris joined the team at Crown O' Maine as Operations Director before joining MOFGA Certification Services in December 2016. He and his family homestead in Appleton.

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Grace Keown

Grace Keown – OA/Info Management – MOFGA Certification Services, LLC

Grace grew up in New Jersey and has lived in Arizona; Long Island, New York; and parts of New England. She and her family moved to Maine in 2004 to start homesteading and living more sustainably and simply. She and her family have a farmstead in the Dixmont hills, where they’re revitalizing the soil, bringing back a 90-year-old apple orchard (mostly Wolf River and cider apples), raising dairy goats, pigs and chickens, growing some of their own vegetables and berries organically, and supporting local agriculture and sustainability. Grace graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History. She is a member and co-founder of Dirigo Road Gallery, president of the Valley Arts Alliance, and has taught workshops in drawing and wire-jewelry making. Grace won MOFGA’s 2008 Common Ground Country Fair artwork contest with her Hay Barn illustration and her Oxen Team artwork appears on the 2013 poster.

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Jack Kertesz

Jack Kertesz – Landscape Coordinator

Jack is a long-time MOFGA volunteer and contractor who came up with many of the creative horticultural demonstrations on our grounds. He also started and continues to coordinate the Maine Tree Crop Alliance.

Marta Laszkiewicz

Marta Laszkiewicz – Operations Assistant, 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.

Anna Libby

Anna Libby – Educational Programs Specialist

Anna Libby grew up on a small farm in Mt. Vernon, Maine. She has coordinated volunteers and developed volunteer programs at other nonprofits for several years, including two years in AmeriCorps VISTA programs.

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Kaitlynn McGuire

Kaitlynn McGuire – Database Manager

A native of Skowhegan and now a resident of Belfast, McGuire attended College of the Atlantic, has a vocational degree in digital visual arts and has managed an organic farm.

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John McIntire

John McIntire – Shop & Equipment Manager

John is a long-time MOFGA member and volunteer. Before joining the MOFGA Staff, he worked as a mechanic in Montville. He now keeps our heavy equipment in working order at the Common Ground Education Center. With his partner Nancy Rosalie, another wonderfully dedicated MOFGA volunteer, John lives off-the-grid, across the road from our headquarters. John is an integral part of the contra dancing community in the Northeast, networking with musicians and calling dances regularly.

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Jennifer Morton

Jennifer Morton – Administrative Assistant

Jennifer grew up in Connecticut where she spent many years as support staff for a button factory. Moving to Maine in 2006, she quickly fell in love with the beauty and history here. Working the first 9 years in customer service for Avena Botanicals she learned about MOFGA and the Common Ground Country Fair. Since coming on staff a few weeks before the 2015 fair she says, "It has been a wonderful experience seeing the amount of love and effort put forth each day by staff and volunteers. It's truly heartwarming."

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Steven Mozes

Steven Mozes – Development Coordinator

Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in communications media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Winslow and brings a good mix of communications, data management and social media experience to this position. Having grown up on a dairy and agricultural farm in northwest Pennsylvania, Steven strongly believes in MOFGA's mission. He enjoys organic container gardening during his free time, and helped to establish the first community garden in his home town. Photo by Kristin Mozes.

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Anna Mueller

Anna Mueller – Farmer Professional Development Specialist

Anna was born in Germany and moved to the United States in 1999. Her family moved from Florida to Massachusetts and then to Texas before Anna returned to New England for college, with her cowgirl boots in tow. Anna and her partner’s passion for farming led them to discover MOFGA, and they quickly participated in the organization’s apprenticeship and journeyperson programs. Thanks to MOFGA’s support, Anna and Sean Murphy were able to establish Murphy Family Farm in 2013 in Freedom, Maine. Anna graduated from Unity College in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental writing and media. She hopes to help offer the same education and support that was offered to her by MOFGA through her work on MOFGA's staff.

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Tim Nason

Tim Nason – Publication Designer and Website Manager

Tim was born in New Hampshire and grew up in Boston and its suburbs, but moved to North Berwick, Maine, in 1972 to homestead and start a family (ultimately 6 daughters). In 1974, he took on production of MOFGA's mimeographed newsletter, which MOFGA soon expanded into a tabloid entitled The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener (The MOF&G). Tim has designed (and for 7 years edited) the paper since then. He has recently redesigned our website, and manages He and his wife Susan enjoy growing flowers and vegetables for home use at their farm in Dresden. Tim enjoys designing publications, reading and writing fiction, and contemplating "sense of place" in a digital age.

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Heather Omand

Heather Omand – Organic Marketing and Business Specialist

Heather Omand provides business and market planning to organic and transitioning farmers, develops and supports local purchasing at a variety of market channels, and provides other types of technical assistance and market research. She creates MOFGA's organic price reports, supports the Farm Beginnings training program and other projects as they arise. Heather graduated from UMaine Orono in 2014 with a master in business administration degree and a concentration in business and sustainability. Previously, she received a bachelor's degree in anthropology and worked as an archaeologist. Heather and her husband operated a permaculture design business and example homestead in Greenbush until moving to Belfast, Maine, in 2017 where they intend to pursue a regenerative agricultural model.

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Don Pendleton

Don Pendleton – Buildings and Grounds Assistant

Don has spent more than 25 years in the environmental services and health and safety fields, specializing in emergency response, hazardous materials and major oil spill cleanups, and has been a trainer in those fields to a wide spectrum of audiences. He has a class A commercial diver’s license and extensive marine and commercial fishing experience. He moved to Maine after spending most of his life on Long Island, New York, where he raised pigs in his suburban backyard, much to the dismay of his neighbors. He now happily farms without any close neighbors, grows in a four-season NRCS high tunnel and would one day like to raise hundreds of turkeys. He is very happy to be working for MOFGA.

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Jacki Martinez Perkins

Jacki Martinez Perkins – Organic Dairy and Livestock Specialist

As MOFGA’s Organic Dairy Specialist, Jacki has a strong background, as well as a formal education, in commercial dairy production. Having grown up in central Maine on an 80-cow organic dairy, with a mother who is the only Certified Veterinary Homeopath for large animals in the state, she followed a familial passion, and received an Associate degree in Dairy Farm Management from Vermont Technical College. She has spent many years in the industry working on machinery, on several dairy farms, been herd manager for a large Maine dairy operation, and artificially inseminated cows for Genex.

Her passions are focused around an addiction to livestock, and sustainably integrating them into the food systems of our future. This has led her to much experimentation on her own homesteads both in Maine and Vermont. Jacki brings to MOFGA the knowledge she has gained from her upbringing, education, and her experiences abroad, to bear on the unique challenges that face Maine’s dairy and livestock producers. Pictured here, with her son Fidel, she is focused on the future of organic agriculture in Maine.

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Jen Sansosti

Jen Sansosti – Common Ground Country Fair Logistics Coordinator

Jennifer, born a NYC native, moved to coastal Maine in 2011. Having only been to Maine one other time, she fell in love with the landscape and the way of life here. Upon her 2nd time visiting the state she purchased 63 acres to start an off-grid homestead, transported her custom self-built shipping container cabin to her new home and started working as a farmhand at Happytown Farm in Orland. Building a life here has proven itself to be a rewarding experience rich in adventure, knowledge and new friendships. She feels that despite the low population partnered with the great vastness of the state there are actually wonderful opportunities everywhere in Maine - a land abundant with resources and resourceful people. A place where you can grow your own food, burn your own wood, trust your neighbors, sail, swim and hike is a place she proudly calls "Home".

When she is not sailing, traveling, playing with animals or enjoying the gorgeous Maine-scape she is either landscaping with her friends or often found creating Art through a variety of mediums; as a digital illustrator, painter and sign maker. As an Honors Graduate from NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology she is a freelance artist who thoroughly enjoys working for herself on her own schedule, which gives her the freedom to participate in her role at the CGCF every year. She is honored to be part of the MOFGA team as Fair Logistics Coordinator - A fun and high-speed task where she can meet new people and rally her urban pace in parallel with her deep appreciation of the longevity of local organic farming.

Diane Schivera

Diane Schivera – Organic Livestock Specialist

Diane graduated from Cornell University in 1981 with an MAT in Agricultural Education and in 1977 with a BS in Animal Science. She also received an AAS in Veterinary Technology from SUNY, Delhi and was an Assistant Professor for that program in the early 80’s. Diane became MOFGA’s Livestock Specialist in 1998. Since that time, she has written livestock related articles for The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, the American Livestock Breed Conservancy’s newsletter, and Hoard’s Dairyman. Diane feels sustainablity is the crucial issue when making choices in life. She and her husband Gary grow and preserve the majority of their vegetables and fruit. They also keep a flock of assorted poultry for eggs and meat. The birds are protected by Frank and Lydia the dogs. They live in a house that is less than 1,000 square feet and heat, cook and make hot water on their wood-stove all winter with about 1.5 cords of wood. Look for Diane Morris Dancing at the Common Ground Country Fair.

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Jacomijn Schravesande-Gardei

Jacomijn Schravesande-Gardei – Associate Director of Crops/MOFGA Certification Services, LLC

Jacomijn, or for short Jaco, grew up in the Netherlands. After obtaining her bachelors and masters in Forestry at Wageningen University, she moved to Belfast, Maine, to be with her husband, cat, rabbits, goats, and chickens. At MOFGA she works with certified crop farmers to assure compliance with the organic rule. In addition to her work at MOFGA she works at the Chase farm in Freedom, serves on the MOFGA El Salvador Committee and the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance Board. Jaco and her husband, Chris, have one child, Jasper.

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Eric Sideman

Eric Sideman – Organic Crop Specialist

Eric Sideman grew up just a stones throw outside of New York City where he could see the Empire State Building way off in the distance from his bedroom window. Slowly he edged north and to the country while he tested different colleges. During those years he earned a BS in agriculture from Cornell University, an MS in biology from Northeastern University and a PhD in Botany from the University of New Hampshire. Eric moved to Maine in 1982 to teach biology and ecology at Bates College. In 1986 he moved on to MOFGA to become what some call "the nation's first Organic Extension Agent." He provides technical support for farmers and gardeners, serves as staff scientist for MOFGA, plans and produces educational events for MOFGA and Cooperative Extension, and serves on various agricultural committees for the Maine Department of Agriculture and the University of Maine. From 1997 to 2002 Eric served a term on the National Organic Standards Board, an advisory board to the USDA National Organic Program. On the side Eric runs a PYO strawberry farm.

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Laura Sieger


Laura Sieger – Orchard Coordinator

A long-time volunteer for MOFGA, Laura was an intern in MOFGA’s Maine Heritage Orchard and has given several talks and demonstrations at MOFGA events.

Heather Spalding

Heather Spalding – Deputy Director

Heather has worked as an environmental activist since graduating from college in the mid-80s. She spent 10 years in Washington, DC, working for the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club, and Greenpeace International where she served as Publications Coordinator for the International Toxics Campaign. Heather's introduction to MOFGA came during a summer 1996 sabbatical from Greenpeace, when she volunteered as an apprentice on New Leaf Farm in Durham. Wanting to settle in her home state of Maine, Heather then accepted a job offer to coordinate the Common Ground Country Fair. After several years focusing on the Fair, Heather became MOFGA Operations Director, coordinating a three-year organizational development program. As Associate Director, Heather now focuses primarily on Public Policy, MOFGA's participation in the Alliance for a Clean & Healthy Maine, Outreach, and Staff Management. Heather grew up in Waterville, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1986, with a degree in Geography and Environmental Sciences. Heather and her husband, Will Sugg, have two children.

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Karen Stimpson

Karen Stimpson – Grants Manager

Karen has had several careers including teaching art to Junior High students in Wellesley, Mass., a decade of graphic design in Boston and Portland, and shipping as a third mate in the Merchant Marine. More recently she has worked for 25 years in the non-profit sector as Executive Director of three organizations, including the Maine Island Trail Association and the Midcoast Humane Society in Brunswick. She has a bachelor’s degree in graphic and communicating arts from Simmons College, a U.S. Coast Guard third mate’s license, and is a published writer. She has lived on a 1920 classic wooden power boat in Portland Harbor since anyone can remember, and brings a flavor of coastal culture to the bucolic farmland of Unity.

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Anna Swanson

Anna Swanson – Common Ground Country Fair Coordinator

Anna Swanson grew up in suburban Philadelphia and graduated from the College of William and Mary with a bachelor’s degree in Africana studies. Interested in the connection between environmental and social justice, she served with FoodCorps at Backyard Growers in Gloucester, Mass., during her first year out of college. After several years working with youth farm and food education in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, she moved back to Gloucester in 2016 as Backyard Growers’ community programs manager, managing nine community gardens, education programs and the Backyard Garden Program. Swanson moved to Unity, Maine, in 2019 to join MOFGA as the Common Ground Country Fair coordinator. She is passionate about connecting and engaging community members with sustainable food and agriculture and is excited to continue her work through the Common Ground Country Fair.

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Jason Tessier

Jason Tessier – Buildings & Grounds Director

Jason had previously worked for the Sheridan Corporation since 2001, supervising construction projects, managing employees and contractors, securing goods and services, scheduling, overseeing safety, quality control and design details, and reporting daily to a project management team. He and his family raise crops and livestock and produce maple syrup at Tessiers Farm (, which also houses a licensed poultry and rabbit processing facility. The Tessiers sell at the Skowhegan Farmers’ Market. Jason also is a member of Transition Skowhegan, focusing on becoming locally dependent in the Skowhegan community.

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Julie Trudel – Inspector and Materials Reviewer, MOFGA Certification Services, LLC

Julie’s move to Maine as an organic farmer 20 years ago was inspired by MOFGA’s educational resources and the support of a friendly and knowledgeable staff. She and her husband raised and homeschooled their four children on two diversified organic farms, one with primary access by river via non-motorized canoe. Living and farming in a way that respects the natural living systems of the planet became Julie’s baseline for daily decisions. Her formal education includes a bachelor of arts degree in music and a bachelor of science in biology, specializing in botany, biomedical and environmental toxicology. Additionally her decades-long herbal studies led to the creation of her small holistic health consulting practice, Heart and Soul Holistic Health. However, Julie believes that her informal education and experiences living in harmony with the land provided the significant influential factors in shaping who she is today. Julie has been a seasonal organic farm certification inspector for MOFGA Certification Services since 2016 and is excited to be joining the staff year round. She believes life is an adventure and she is loving life!

C.J. Walke

C.J. Walke – Organic Orchard Educator

C.J. began working for MOFGA in 2006 as Landscape Coordinator for the Common Ground Education Center in Unity, and has held various roles within the organization since (Development Associate, Librarian, Computer-Fix-It-Guy, and Organic Orchardist). In his part-time role as Orchard Educator, C.J. works with farmers and gardeners to build orchard health and promote biological diversity among fruit trees. C.J. lives in Bar Harbor with his wife and two daughters, where he manages a diversified farm for College of the Atlantic, growing organic fruit and veggies, organic pastured poultry and grass-based sheep and cattle.

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Katie Webb

Katie Webb – Dairy Certification Specialist, MOFGA Certification Services, LLC

Katie grew up on her family's farm in Pittston, where she now finds herself digging into the family farm: growing, raising, and wildcrafting as much of her food as possible. In her free time, you might find Katie milking Jersey cows, tracking wild animals, digging up the lawn to plant something, or making something good to eat. Basically it boils down to two passions – real food and the Earth. Katie has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology from Middlebury College.

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Corinne Wesh

Corinne Wesh – Certification Specialist, QA/QC, MOFGA Certification Services, LLC

Corinne grew up in southern New Jersey and worked on an organic farm in rural Pennsylvania while studying sculpture and anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Since then, she has worked in and around organic agriculture, while also working for a human rights NGO, as a graphic designer, and as a co-owner of a collectively run bicycle shop and school in Massachusetts. She is an alumna of MOFGA's Journeyperson program, and grows certified organic seed crops with her family at Blackbird Rise in Palermo.

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