June Webinar: Meet Our Highlighted Partners!
We are so excited to have a number of active participants in our food system speaking with us on June 28 for our next webinar!
During our webinar, we'll hear from Roe-Ann Tasoulas of Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition; Julie Moran from the North Country Farmer's Co-Op; Jillian Hall from Seacoast Eat Local; and Jesse Wright from the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust!
Read up on these speakers and the organizations they will be representing below, and make sure to visit their websites by clicking the title links.
The Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition is made up of 84 member organizations and 48 individuals working towards a sustainable food system in the Monadnock region. The group comes together regularly to discuss their shared goals and how to create meaningful change in the community. The coalition also regularly hosts events, workshops, and forums about local food - including an upcoming Monadnock area farm tour!
As the director of the coalition since 2013, Roe-Ann Tasoulas has put her time into a healthier food community. She grew up on her family’s ranch in New Mexico raising sheep and cattle, which spurred an interest in farming practices. Roe-Ann previously worked at Land for Good as their Development and Communications Directors, and is well-versed in nonprofit management.
The North Country Farmer’s Co-Op is an online co-op serving customers in northern NH towns like Colebrook, Columbia, Lancaster, and more. Armed with their refrigerated truck, the Co-Op makes weekly deliveries of fresh and frozen produce, meats, dairy, and other locally sourced products. Their website is constantly updated with new products and their list of farms are growing rapidly. Joining the Co-Op as either a farmer or a consumer is an easy and painless process, and because the market is online, ordering is just a click away!
Julie Moran founded the North Country Farmer’s Co-Op in 2013. Since then, she has ensured that farmers and consumers could be easily connected in a region that is more widely spread out than others in NH. Julie also owns and operates Be Well Acres in Colebrook, where she grows mushrooms for the NH Mushroom Co and has since seen her farm become certified organic.
The Seacoast region has a number of great food systems organizations, and Seacoast Eat Local is one of the most active. They organize winter farmers markets, edit and send out an annual Seacoast Harvest guide to local farms and markets, and also have piloted SAMM: the Seacoast Area Mobile Market (the first of its kind in the state!). In addition, they have a number of user-friendly resources on their website including tips on food preservation, donating food, and gardening. If you live in the Seacoast, you’ll likely see them sometime tabling at one of the many area markets!
Jillian Hall has served as Director of Program for Seacoast Eat Local since 2015. As a Harvard alum, Jillian receive her master’s degree in Education and has a special interest in advocating for local food security and availability. When she is not working with Seacoast Eat Local, Jillian remains quite busy and devotes her time as a board member of NH Agriculture in the Classroom and as a member of the Farm Bureau.
The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust was begun as a way to preserve the land of the Upper Saco River Valley to best benefit both natural and human communities. Through tools like conservation easements and “in fee” land ownership, USVLT seeks to protect natural resources for farming, forestry, recreation, education, and the wildlife itself. Out of USVLT, the Mount Washington Valley Eaters and Growers was formed, a collaborative effort among many different people and organizations to strengthen the regional system and support local farmers.
Joining the USVLT staff in 2015, Jesse Wright is their Local Food Systems Advocate and has her background in Environmental Law & Policy. She works to increase the collaboration between area farmers and the community by fostering healthy connections. As a young professional in the Mount Washington Valley, Jesse is also committed to helping others make their home in the region and serves as the Chair of STAY MWV.