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Maine Farmland Trust

mail: 97 Main Street, Belfast, Maine 04915

call: (207) 338 – 6575

fax: (207) 338 – 6024

email: info@mainefarmlandtrust.org

Belfast & Gallery: 97 Main St, Belfast, ME 04915

Portland: 509 Ocean Ave, Portland, ME 04103

Gallery and offices are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm

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CONTACT

LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION

Erica Buswell

Erica Buswell

Vice President of Programs

ebuswell@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Erica started working at MFT in 2011, and was originally hired as a farmland protection program manager. A Montana girl at heart, she made her way out east when she attended Holy Cross College and completed a degree in religious studies. She has chosen to do food systems work because she knows that good things happen when people come together around food. As a result of helping many beginning farmers of all stripes attain secure farmland access, she knows she’s fortunate call a piece of land in Searsport home. Erica and her husband Scott have created an off-grid homestead they hope will feed them well into the future.
Andrea Denny

Andrea Denny

Database Manager

adenny@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Andrea has been with MFT since 2011.  Originally from the Boston area, Andrea attended Bates College and then enjoyed a few years in California working for an environmental consulting firm.  However, she was soon drawn back to the east coast.  After completing her graduate degree at the University of Rhode Island School of Oceanography, she worked as a marine scientist first in Maryland and then happily moved to Maine in 2000. She truly appreciates the landscape of Maine and all it has to offer. Andrea and her husband Eric keep busy raising their four children.  Whenever time allows, you will find her running the local trails with her dog.
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Rachel Grant

Finance Manager

rachel@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Rachel has been working for MFT since 2011.  Growing up on the Coast of Maine, she has always had a strong connection with the land and sea.  She graduated from Husson College with a degree in Paralegal Studies. When she is not working, she likes to spend time with family, watching her kids’ sports teams, hiking, and of course time at the beach.
Kristin Varnum

Kristin Varnum

Vice President and CFO

kvarnum@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Kristin has been working for MFT since 2000, as one of MFT’s first two employees. She lives on Verona Island with her husband, David, and two children, Caleb and Hannah.  She grew up on a small farm in Bucksport, where her family raised all their food and ran a bustling farm stand. She received her degree from Husson College in Paralegal Studies.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with family, including camping, hiking and kayaking.
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Reeve Wood, Esq.

Legal Counsel

rwood@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Reeve began working at MFT in 2012.  He grew up on dairy farms in Maine and western New York, and is a graduate of Allegheny College, where he studied history and journalism, and the University of Maine School of Law.  His previous jobs include teaching elementary school and investigating police misconduct in New York City. He lives in Bowdoinham with his wife Hannah, his sons Solomon and Reuben, and his dog Myrtle, and he and Hannah run a small farmers’ market bakery there.
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LouAnna Perkins, Esq.

Senior Legal Counsel

louanna@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    A graduate of UMaine School of Law, LouAnna came to MFT as its first Executive Director (and first employee) in 2000.  Growing up in Virginia and southern California, she witnessed tremendous loss of farms to development, and was excited to get involved in the work to protect Maine’s farmland.  Since 2007 she has served as MFT’s General Counsel. She balances her work for MFT with grandparenting, writing, lending a hand at her daughter’s homestead farm, and playing bluegrass and old-time music with friends.
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Bill Toomey

President & CEO

btoomey@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Bill joined MFT in June of 2019 as the President and CEO.  Previously, Bill was the New England Area Director for the Trust for Public Land based in Maine and prior to that worked for The Nature Conservancy for 16 years.  Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Fairfield University and a master’s degree in Soil Science from North Carolina State University. Bill grew up in New England and has always had a strong connection to nature and the land. He has been working with communities around New England to advance land conservation strategies and programs that protects working lands while improving the quality of life for people and communities.  Bill enjoys gardening, bee keeping, hiking, biking, wood turning, painting, welding and spending time outside with his dogs and family.
Kim Sanborn

Kim Sanborn

Office Assistant

kim@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Kim started working at Maine Farmland Trust in 2013 after many years in the retail business. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three hound dogs at her country home.

FARMLAND PROTECTION

Charlie Baldwin

Charlie Baldwin

Farmland Protection Project Manager

cbaldwin@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Charlie has been working for MFT since 2016. Growing up in saltwater farm country in Eastern Maine, he understands the vital connection between environmental and human sustainability.  He received his degree in History from Beloit College in Wisconsin and has spent his working career protecting resources and creating connections between people and the land. Charlie and his family homestead on a suburban lot in Southern Maine. After purchasing the property he restored the soils to productivity, and planted apple trees,  highbush blueberries, and a kitchen garden. When he is not working Charlie can be found in the garden, or on the bay.
Adam Bishop

Adam Bishop

Farmland Protection Program Director

abishop@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Adam Bishop is the Farmland Protection Program Director for Maine Farmland Trust, and coordinates the efforts of MFT’s land protection team in addition to working on conservation projects in the midcoast region. He been with MFT since 2013.  Adam has experience working with a number of local and regional land trusts in Maine, including Frenchman Bay Conservancy, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, and Blue Hill Heritage Trust.  Adam holds a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, and currently resides in Camden, Maine with his two children.
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April Costa

Lands Steward

acosta@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    April has worked for MFT since the spring of 2017.  She grew up in New England and has spent the past decade moving between the Adirondacks of NY, New Hampshire, and Maine.  April has worked for several land trusts in New Hampshire, on farms, as a gardener for a couple seasons, and on bird research projects both locally and abroad.  She is also an artist, knitter, baker, and teamster. She and her young dog are very happy to call midcoast Maine their home and like to spend as much time in the woods together as they can.
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Chris Franklin

Farmland Protection Project Manager

cfranklin@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Chris has been working for MFT since 2017, he previously spent 12 years as the executive director of the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust.  From a childhood spent in New England he ventured west to Colorado earning a degree from the School of Geography at UC Boulder in 1990, and then spent the next 10 years ‘out west’ before moving back to Maine in the spring of 2000.  With over 20 years of conservation work in Maine the geographer in him still loves working at the intersection of people and place. Finding time for fishing, hiking and family time are his top weekend priorities. Chris, along with his wife and friends also host a quarterly storytelling event at their barn in Cumberland.
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Caitlin Hopkins

Farmland Protection Project Manager

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    Caitlin has been working at MFT since 2017. Caitlin was raised in North Carolina where her family owned 70 acres of fields and forest in an area that was quickly being swallowed by development. Her desire to protect farmland and interest in learning about people’s connection to the land are her motivation for doing this work. While not at the office or in the field, Caitlin enjoys exploring Maine’s beaches, festivals, and doughnut shops.
Lyndsey Marston

Lyndsey Marston

Stewardship Program Director

lmarston@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Lyndsey has been working for MFT since 2014.  She grew up in the Bangor area and has a degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine.   Lyndsey’s roots in Maine run deep, and she began working in conservation to protect the farms, forests, and landscapes that make this state so unique.  Prior to her work with MFT, Lyndsey worked for Cooperative Extension, Bangor Land Trust, and the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. When she is not working, Lyndsey enjoys running, paddling, gardening, and drawing. She sells artwork as 3 Legged Dog Ink.
Tricia Rouleau

Tricia Rouleau

Farmland Protection Project Manager

trouleau@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Tricia has been working for MFT since 2013. Prior to working for MFT, she was a Senior Project Manager at FB Environmental Associates, an environmental consulting firm specializing in GIS mapping and watershed and land use planning. Tricia moved to Maine in 1998 to spend a summer working at Beech Hill Farm on Mount Desert Island. Since then, she’s been actively involved in farming and food systems in Maine. She has worked at other small farms in the state and also served as a Soil Conservation Technician for the Maine NRCS in Ellsworth. As a Farmland Protection Project Manager at MFT, Tricia covers Washington, Hancock, Penobscot and Somerset counties. She is elated to have a job that involves working with Maine’s farm families to preserve productive agricultural lands in the state. When she is not working, Tricia loves running, hiking, and exploring the far corners of Maine. She resides in downeast Maine with her husband, daughter, cat, dog and four chickens.
Brett Sykes

Brett Sykes

Farmland Protection Project Manager

brett@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Brett began working at MFT in the fall of 2015.  Growing up in upstate NY, he was surrounded by farm and forest land and was always intrigued by working landscapes.  Brett worked on several farms when he was younger and became interested in the protection of farmland from non-farm development after witnessing the division and sprawling development of nearby agricultural land.  Prior to working at MFT, Brett assisted with similar land protection efforts at the Columbia Land Conservancy in Chatham, NY.
Nina Young

Nina Young

Project Development Specialist

Designated Broker, Maine Farms Realty

nyoung@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Nina started working as the first full-time lands staff person at Maine Farmland Trust in January of 2007. She grew up on the Kentucky farm her ancestors settled in the late 1700s. Her work at MFT includes her position as Designated Broker for Maine Farms Realty.
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Kyle Warren

Land Steward, Southern and Western Maine

kwarren@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Kyle has been working for MFT since April 2019. Growing up Western Maine and now raising his family in southern Maine, he has built a strong connection to the land and people where he now protects the conserved values of MFT partner farms. He has been a Registered Maine Master Guide for nearly 20 years and received his degree from St Lawrence University in Geology. When he is not working, he takes every chance to get his family to camp where they enjoy campfire cooking, swimming and skiing.

FARMLAND ACCESS

Sue Lanpher

Sue Lanpher

FarmLink Coordinator

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    Sue started becoming involved with MFT around 2005 when the office was in Bucksport, ME.  She volunteered her time helping with mailings and even going out with MFT staff to the farms that are protected with easements, taking photographs and talking with the farmers to help with stories for the newsletters and other publications.  In early 2007 she was brought on board part-time as Administrative Assistant and was soon moved up to the FarmLink Coordinator, the position she still holds today. Growing up on a small island in Maine, the youngest in a large family of seven – helping to grow much of their food in the garden was a staple activity during the summer.  She currently resides on the same small island with her beau Erik, and in her off time, she enjoys any kind of fun adventure, photography and spending as much time with family and friends as possible.
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Beth Wade

Broker & REALTOR®, Maine Farms Realty

bwade@mainefarmsrealty.com

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Nina Young

Nina Young

Project Development Specialist

Designated Broker, Maine Farms Realty

nyoung@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Nina started working as the first full-time lands staff person at Maine Farmland Trust in January of 2007. She grew up on the Kentucky farm her ancestors settled in the late 1700s. Her work at MFT includes her position as Designated Broker for Maine Farms Realty.

FARM VIABILITY

Catherine-Durkin

Catherine Durkin

Nutrition Incentives Co-Project Manager

Farming for Wholesale Project Associate

catherine@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Catherine joined the MFT team in 2017, when moving to her home state of Maine after living in Washington state. In Washington, she was farming full-time for years on a diversified farm with vegetables and seedlings. Catherine received her degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College. In addition to working with MFT, Catherine works on her own farm and loves making time for outdoor adventures.
Abby Farnham

Abby Farnham

Nutrition Incentives Co-Project Manager

Policy & Research Associate

abby@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Before joining MFT in 2016, Abby worked in both the community planning and anti-hunger fields. She attended the University of Vermont for Environmental Studies, and earned a graduate degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Abby grew up in Waldo County, exploring the woods and fields with her brothers, and enjoys any chance to experience new parts of Maine.
Alex Fouliard

Alex Fouliard

Farming for Wholesale Project Manager

alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Alex’s favorite things include punny jokes, handspun yarn, third-wave ska, and good food. She came to appreciate the role food plays in our lives and communities while studying sustainable ag and human ecology at College of the Atlantic and farming with her partner’s family in Downeast Maine. She started working for Maine Farmland Trust in 2013 and enjoys working with farmers to figure out the best plans for their individual business. When not doing spreadsheets with farmers, Alex can be found at the farm, growing flowers, listening to punk, eating good food, or probably doing all of those things simultaneously.

OUTREACH & PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

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Anna Witholt Abaldo

Gallery Curator

Co-Director, Joseph A. Fiore Art Center

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    Anna grew up on a small farm in the Netherlands and for almost 30 years, worked and explored at the intersection of art, nature, dance and healing. Anna came to Maine in 2004 and started working for MFT in 2009. She came on board to start the MFT Gallery as a way to celebrate agriculture through art, and while the organization was still small, jumped in and helped with a lot of outreach and event-related tasks (such as showing the first MFT film, Meet Your Farmer, all throughout the state).  From there she went on to create the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm in 2016, together with co-director David Dewey – an artist residency program on a historic farm in Jefferson which actively connects the creative worlds of farming, conservation and the arts.
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Marcella Bernard

Philanthropy Officer

marcella@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Inspired by MFT’s mission, grassroots nature, and history of success, Marci joined MFT in 2019. Marci has worked with a wide range of nonprofits in Massachusetts and Maine, including the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Emmanuel, Bates, and Colby colleges. She looks forward to putting her skills into practice to secure funds to protect Maine farmland and support MFT’s programs.  A graduate of Barnard College and somewhat of a city girl at heart, Marci recognizes the importance of vibrant farms for all Mainers.  She does not have a green thumb. But she loves to cook and eat and greatly appreciates the variety and abundance that Maine farms make possible.  Marci lives in Raymond with her husband, daughters visiting from college, dog, and cat.  She can often be found in the kitchen, using Maine’s bounty to create and enjoy meals with her family.
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Erin Cavallaro

Director of Philanthropy

erin@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Erin joined Maine Farmland Trust in 2017 and was immediately inspired by the organization’s mission to keep farmland in farming.  For over a decade, Erin has worked with nonprofits big and small, focusing on fundraising and communications. She is passionate about telling stories and engaging others in the meaningful work MFT does, while at the same time helping raise the dollars needed to protect farmland and help farmers run profitable businesses.  Erin has her Master’s in Public Policy, Planning, and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service, and lives in Westbrook with her husband and son. She enjoys spending as much time outside enjoying all Maine has to offer.
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Kat Champigny

Grants Officer

kat@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Kat joined MFT in September 2019 and brings a strong nonprofit and grants background to her work. She majored in English and History at Amherst College, and earned a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. In 2018, she became a certified grant professional (GPC). As a lifelong Mainer, she is grateful to bring her talents back home to help preserve Maine farmland and the farming tradition. She enjoys reading, hiking, and yoga, and stubbornly continues to garden despite her obvious black thumb.
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David Dewey

Fine Arts Program, Co-Director

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    For over forty years, David Dewey has regularly exhibited his extraordinary watercolor paintings in New York City, Maine and through the United States. His work is included in many major museums, as well as public and private collections. David has a long successful teaching career, having taught at Parson’s School of Design, The National Academy of Design School, and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. In 2008, David was named Professor Emeritus at Lyme Academy College of Fine Art, and in the same year appointed curator of the painting estate of Joseph Fiore, NA (1925-2008). He continues to conduct his very popular watercolor workshops in Maine & New England.
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Karen Giles

Gallery Coordinator

karen@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Karen has worked for MFT since 2018. She grew up in mid-coast Maine. She ran a horse farm, teaching horseback riding lessons and camps, and was certified in therapeutic riding. Karen earned degrees in Commercial Illustration and Fine Art, as well as minors in Business Administration and Small Business Management. She was the Executive Director of the Robotics Institute of Maine, and is currently the lead mentor for the RSU 2 high school robotics team (which she and her son Colt founded in 2012). She writes and illustrates children’s books, paints, still owns horses, and loves spending time with her family.
Caroline Ginsberg

Caroline Ginsberg

Membership Director

caroline@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Caroline grew up in Belfast where her parents ran Fiddlers Green Farm, an organic stone-ground grain mill.  After attending Bates College, Caroline spent a handful of years on the central coast of CA where she started a gleaning program and did research with CalPoly on food access issues.  She couldn’t quite shake off the pull of Maine though, so in 2012 moved back to Portland to focus on community organizing and outreach. She has been working at MFT since 2016 and is thrilled to be working for an organization that she so strongly believes in.   Caroline loves to run and be outside as much as possible, and recently started teaching yoga.
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Ellen Griswold

Policy & Research Director

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    Ellen Stern Griswold is the Policy and Research Director at MFT. She oversees municipal, state, and federal-level policy work, as well as research projects that inform that work and support the effectiveness of MFT’s programs. Prior to MFT, Ellen practiced federal energy regulatory law for eight years in Washington, DC, working on the development of energy policy in Congress and advising clients on energy and environmental regulatory requirements. Then her deep personal interest in the structure of our food system – and its implications for agriculture producers, the environment, and public health – led Ellen to pursue a new career in agriculture and food policy. She obtained her LL.M. in Food and Agriculture Law from Vermont Law School, her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and her BA in Public Policy from Brown University. Ellen loves exploring Maine’s beaches, forests, and farms with her family.
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Rachel Keidan

Outreach Assistant

rkeidan@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Rachel has been working for MFT since 2018. Growing up in the Midwest, she has always had a strong connection to food and the environment. She received her degree from the University of Michigan in Environmental Science and Design. Rachel then lived in New York, where she did floral design, before making her way to mid-coast Maine to work on fruit, vegetable, and flower farm in Freedom. When she is not working, she loves to take any chance to get outside, whether it be hiking or getting out on the water.
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Andrew Marshall

David and Cecile Wang Food & Farming Fellow

amarshall@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Andrew is the 2018-19 Wang Research and Policy Fellow at MFT, focusing on land use change, farmland reclamation, and climate issues. He has been ensconced in the Maine agricultural community for 15 years, serving as Education Director for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Field Director for Land For Good. He also operates Dorolenna Farm and Forest in Montville with his family. He holds degrees from Bowdoin College and the University of California.
Meghan Quinn

Meghan Quinn

Event Manager

meghan@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Meg started at MFT’s Portland office in 2016. After moving to Maine from Massachusetts in 2010, she was immediately impressed by the level of attention paid to local business and food sourcing in the state and spent many years working in hospitality, non-profit outreach, and community event organizing. In 2016 she completed a Masters in Science in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College. Her career has taken many paths but has always involved her love for bringing people together for a cause over a shared experience and, of course, food. Meg’s position as Event Manager at MFT has been a great opportunity to combine her experience, education, and passion for Maine’s vibrant food economy by creating events with farms and food & beverage producers around the state to help guests see their own connection to our food system. When she’s not working, she loves to spend time enjoying Portland’s food and arts scene as well as getting out of town to explore Maine’s best diners, hidden swimming holes, and mountain peaks with her beagle mix, Rockwell.
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Ellen Sabina

Outreach & Communications Director

ellen@mainefarmlandtrust.org

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    Ellen brings her love for rural communities, good food, and compelling design to her role as Outreach and Communications director. After graduating from Bates College with a degree in History and several summers of farming and fisheries work under her belt, Ellen spent years away from Maine, working for food and farm-related businesses and nonprofits in Vermont and Washington. She moved back to her home state in 2013 to work with MFT and lives in the small town of Morrill. When not amplifying the stories of MFT’s work and of Maine farms, Ellen can be found in the garden, exploring Maine’s mountains and coastlines, or in the fields at the tiny flower farm she co-owns, Half Hitch Flowers.

BOARD

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William Bell, Saco

Bill Bell, a magna cum laude graduate of Yale, is an experienced association manager specializing in agricultural issues. He has served as the executive of groups ranging from the New England Grain and Feed Council to the Maine Association of Conservation Districts. He has also been an owner-operator of a large organic farm in southern Maine and has served as president of the Agricultural Council of Maine and of Maine Farmland Trust board.

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Franklin Miles, Cape Elizabeth

Frank Miles is a retired public school teacher and administrator. With a lifelong interest in agriculture, Frank is one of the founding board members of MFT and has served as board Secretary, President, and Treasurer, and currently serves on both the Executive Committee and the Lands Committee. He has represented MFT on the Agricultural Council of Maine since 2005, and has served as Vice-president, President and currently Treasurer of AGCOM.

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Jason Bolton, Orono

Jason Bolton, Ph.D. is the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Food Safety Specialist, Associate Extension Professor, where he works with food companies in Maine/U.S. on facility design, HACCP implementation, thermal process validation, regulation interpretation and new product development. He is a cooperating faculty member with the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture, where he performs research in the areas of food processing and brewing sciences and teaches courses on commercial brewing and food safety. Dr. Bolton provides process services in the areas of seafood, meat and poultry and acidified canned food products and offers industry courses on Meat and Poultry HACCP, Seafood HACCP, Better Process Control School, FSMA, and Sanitation.

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Dave Colson, Durham

Dave currently leads MOFGA’s Agricultural Services Program, after nearly 3 decades of farming. In the early 1980’s, he bought land in Durham and began farming with his parents, and was joined by his wife Chris a few years later. Eventually his parents retired from farming, and he and Chris kept the operation going strong, raising a variety of produce for many of Southern Maine’s leading restaurants and independent retailers. Since taking the position of Agricultural Services Director at MOFGA, New Leaf Farm has scaled back to a haying and green manure operation, but Dave continues to mentor and educate many new and established farmers throughout Maine each year.

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Stacy Brenner, Scarborough

Stacy Brenner lives and farms at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough with her husband, John Bliss and two daughters, Emma and Flora. 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 is 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. She’s been settled in Maine since 2002.

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Meredith Eilers: Vice Chair, Bowdoinham

Originally from Long Island, NY, Meredith got involved with farming while at Dartmouth College, working on the school’s farm. Later, she and her husband, Dave, moved to California, where she worked for the California Wilderness Coalition. During these transformational years, she witnessed every step of the process to designate federal land in California as wilderness, from grassroots organizing to drafting congressional legislation. She also learned that she might like to be a lawyer, which then took her to the Vermont Law School, and eventually to working at Bernstein Shur, where she focuses on business litigation and construction law. In 2014, Meredith’s family purchased what is now Blue Bell Farm in Bowdoinham (MFT holds a conservation easement on the property). Meredith and Dave have two daughters, Eleanor and Margaret, and feel like they are living the dream.

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Susan Morris, Waldoboro

Susan Morris grew up amongst horses, cows, hens, pigs, and authors (her father was a publisher) in Massachusetts.  After she returned from serving in the Peace Corps in India, she married her husband John, taught and studied in Philadelphia, and moved to Maine in 1970. Susan has been managing her family’s organic blueberry farm in Waldoboro since 1970. She is a founder of Medomak Valley Land Trust and continues to serve on its board. Susan was also a founding member of MFT’s board.

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Neil Crane, Exeter

Neil is a full time, third generation potato and grain farmer in the Exeter, East Corinth area. His farm developed a potato marketing relationship with Frito-Lay in the early 60’s and continues to sell to the company. Neil spends a lot of time helping with farm work during summer months, though the fourth and fifth generation are now actively managing the farm business. Neil has played an active role in many potato and agricultural organizations, and has served in several capacities on town committees and on the local school board for many years.

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Walter Fletcher, Pittsfield

Walter grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Westford, Massachusetts. In 1980 he and his wife, Edna, purchased a rundown farm in Pittsfield, Maine and now manage a herd of 240 milk cows and 225 calves and heifers. In 2009, Walter’s son Austin returned to the family farm and is a full partner and farm manager today. Walter has been actively involved with Eastern Breeders Cooperative, Massachusetts Farm Bureau, Maine Farm Bureau, Agway, Yankee Milk Co-op, Agri-Mark Milk Co-op and Maine Dairy Industry Association. He is currently a member of the Agri-Mark Board of Directors.

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Taylor Mudge: Chair, Camden

Taylor Mudge is a hop farmer in Lincolnville. Originally from Pittsburg, PA, Taylor bought his farm in 1970 and raised 300 ewes from meat and wool, as well as research animals for Yale Medical School. He founded the State of Maine Cheese Company in Rockland in 1984, where he made cheddar cheese with milk from local dairy farms. After selling the business, he moved into consulting and founded a production company. Taylor currently serves as a board member for the Maine 4H Foundation, Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove Camps, and is the board chair at MFT.

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Eleanor Kinney, Bremen

Eleanor is an organic farmer, impact investor and mother of three. Her focus is on building local, sustainable food systems, and she invests in farms and food businesses across the state. Eleanor serves on the steering committee of Slow Money Maine, and the Impact Investment Committee of Maine Community Foundation. She is passionate about growing food, raising awareness, and aligning her investments with her values.

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Jon Olson, Mount Vernon

Jon Olson is the former executive director of Maine Farm Bureau, a position he held for 35 years until his retirement.   He has a B.A. degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a M. Div degree from Bangor Theological Seminary.  He resides in Mt. Vernon with his wife, Alice.

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Stephen Page: Secretary, Searsmont

Steve Page is a farmer and entrepreneur. He planted his first apple orchard on a homestead in Knox County in 1974. In 1990 he planted a commercial orchard in Waldo County, and protected his farm with an agricultural conservation easement in 1997. To support his farming habit, Steve has started several small businesses, worked for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and has been a leader in Maine’s aquaculture industry, pioneering sustainable offshore aquaculture.  He is now back on land raising a few cows and planting trees.

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James Lawrence, Rockport

A graduate of Harvard University, James has a strong background in finance, investments, and strategy consulting developed over almost two decades in the fields of investment banking and private-equity investing.  He has acted as an advisor and consultant to public and private companies and non-profit organizations in the United States and Europe.  His family runs Allandale Farm in Boston, MA, the last working farm operating within metropolitan city limits in the United States.

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Henry Whittemore: Treasurer, Readfield

Henry Whittemore is Principal of Crow’s Nest Collaborative, a global forestry investment and management services consultancy, and has more than twenty-five years of global timberland management experience. Prior to establishing his own company, he was senior director of an international timberland investment fund and the regional manager for a large timberland investment management organization. Early in his career, he worked with landowners in New Hampshire to develop conservation strategies for farms and forestland permanently protected through conservation easements.  He holds a BA from Williams College and a Masters in Forestry from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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