Fall 2016 News from the Food Solutions New England network
Network Leadership Institute:
Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is excited to launch a new initiative to grow, strengthen, and diversify its network leadership across the region. We’re thrilled to announce the 18 participants who were selected to participate in our first Network Leadership Institute in 2016-2017. They are active in food system efforts locally and/or regionally, committed to FSNE’s values, and eager to contribute to the FSNE network.
Meet the participants:
Andrew Bahrenburg is the Organizer and Advocate for Rural Vermont, an organization that advocates for economic justice for Vermont's family farmers and the communities they feed.
Raheem Baraka is the founder and Executive Director of Baraka Community Wellness, a nonprofit organization in Boston with a mission to close the gap on health disparities and reduce healthcare costs.
Jesse Delia works at Common Ground High School, Urban Farm, and Environmental Education Center in New Haven, Connecticut, managing the school’s Environmental Leadership Program.
Lin Geng works in the restaurant industry and is an organizer of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he works on the Wage Theft campaign.
Shannon Grimes is Farm Viability Associate at Maine Farmland Trust, where she manages nutrition incentive programming, including coordinating the Maine Local Foods Access Network.
Maleah Gustafson serves on the Board of Directors of Central Mass Grown, a “buy local” organization focused on promoting local agricultural products, education, and networking opportunities between producers and consumers to help build a more sustainable food economy throughout the region.
Kaitlin Haskins is the Communications Coordinator for Farm to Institution New England (FINE). She lives in southern Vermont.
Lesley Heiser leads Cultivating Community’s communication and development efforts. She lives in Maine.
Benjamin Hill lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and recently began working as the Network Coordinator for the New Hampshire Food Alliance.
Noel Kayo hails from Connecticut, where he is a Medical Doctor trained in cardiovascular disease risk prevention, focusing his research on plant based nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, and other life style interventions to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Anna Muhammad works with NOFA as the Food Access Program Coordinator and also serves on the Springfield, Massachusetts Food Policy Council’s Urban Agriculture Committee as the Community Garden Coordinator, and as the Vice Chair of Gardening The Community.
Isa Mujahid, a native of Bridgeport, is the founder of CTCORE (Community Organizing for Racial Equity) - Organize Now!, which is committed to reducing racial inequities through a combination of racial justice programming and community organizing.
Georgina Sarpong is from Providence, Rhode Island, where she lives and works as the Farmers Market Program Manager at Farm Fresh Rhode Island, chairs the access group of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council, and serves as a board member of Urban Greens, the first co-op supermarket in Providence.
Sarah Schumann is a fish worker, fisherman, writer, and advocate based in Rhode Island. She is President of Eating with the Ecosystem, which works to apply the principles of ecosystem science to the New England seafood system and marketplace.
Jr Neville Songwe is the President and Founder of Joneso Design Inc., a product design and development firm, and the Executive Director of Urban Ventures Inc., a non-profit organization providing technical assistance to start-up entrepreneurs and micro businesses in Rhode Island.
Rebecca Story, Master of Science, Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, is a Nutrition Specialist with the New England Dairy & Food Council and is based in New Hampshire.
Cecily Upton is VP of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at FoodCorps, and has led its design and execution from an idea into a powerful program that now spans 18 states, 160+ site partners, 205 service members, and more than 550 schools. She lives in Maine.
Daniel Winans is the Director of the University of New Hampshire (UNH)’s undergraduate Dual Major in EcoGastronomy and a Lecturer at UNH in the Hospitality Management Department offered through the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.