2020 Convention Panelists

Abby Sadauckas is a farmer and agricultural service provider. Abby and her partner run Apple Creek Farm. The farm produces MOFGA certified organic, grass-fed beef, goat and lamb, as well as certified organic eggs and poultry (broilers, geese and turkeys). They market their products year-round in nearby Brunswick at farmers’ markets.

Amy Sinclair is the Communications Director for 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth where she also runs the town’s weekly Farmers Market. Amy is a master gardener and a founding member of the Yarmouth Community Garden. You can reach amy at  amy@317main.org

Arielle Simone is Editorial Director and Brand Strategist at Pica, an award-winning creative services agency located in midcoast Maine. She works on providing holistic marketing, editing and content solutions for a range of clients, many of which are Maine nonprofits and small businesses. She is also an avid locavore, farmers’ market customer and a member of several CSAs and the Belfast Co-op.

Arthur Kelly is the owner of Kelly Orchards in Acton, Maine. He is a longtime vendor at the Kennebunk Farmers’ Market (established in 1993) and an officer of the market’s Steering Committee. Today, the Kennebunk market has 30 full-time member vendors. Kelly Orchards has transitioned from 130 acres of mostly McIntosh apples sold by a broker to a diversified fruit farm of about 25 acres focused on direct and local marketing. We produce apples, peaches, plums, pears and blueberries.  Value added includes cider and sweet cider. 

Chrissy Adamowicz is the Sustainable Maine Outreach Coordinator at the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Chrissy works with communities to reach their waste reduction goals. She works primarily by helping schools that want to reduce food and plastic waste, or by helping activists pass polices that are sustainable solutions to excessive waste problems at the local and state level. 

Clayton Carter owns and operates Fail Better Farm in Etna, ME.  He raises MOFGA certified Organic produce for sale exclusively at farmers’ markets in Waterville, Orono and Bangor.  Clayton also serves as Chairman of the Bangor Farmers’ Market and Treasurer of the Orono Farmers’ Market. 

Dan Sortwell is Treasurer and SNAP Coordinator for the Bath Farmers Market. He is a farmers market vendor and is involved in the management of various farmers markets in Midcoast Maine.

Darlene Wolnik, Farmers Market Coalition’s Training and Technical Assistance Director, has been a national advocate and trainer for farmers markets for more than two decades. Her background contains both extensive community organizing initiatives and innovative small business projects, before serving for a decade as the Deputy Director for New Orleans-based Market Umbrella. While on staff at MU, she also designed and ran the organization’s Marketshare project, one of the first technical assistance and resource sites for markets in the US. In that role, she created over 70 free resources and tools for markets. Since June of 2011, Darlene has consulted for dozens of market projects, across a varied set of topics including market design, community access projects, and data collection and analysis. As the FMC Senior Researcher, she helped NOFA-VT and Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems design, research and disseminate the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit. She authored the 2013 Vermont Market Currency Feasibility Report, the 2014 Local Food Awareness Report for Gulfport MS, and a multitude of FMC resources, including the 2017 “Counting Visitors At Markets” and the article, “Designing Effective, Scalable Data Collection Tools to Measure Farmers Market Impacts”  which was published in 2018 in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD). 

Debbie Crosby has worked for Food & Nutrition Service, USDA for 28 years, with 10 years military service prior to USDA. She is a life-long Maine resident (except for her time in the military). She used to have horses, pigs, chickens and a garden, but no longer does, preferring to purchase from the farmer or farmers’ markets and letting the younger people take care of the animals! debbie.crosby@fns.usda.gov

Deena Albert Parks is the owner/operator of Chops Ahoy Farm in Woodland, ME sells packaged pork products, assorted veggies, and fresh herbs. She is also the Chairperson of the Presque Isle Farmers’ Market that draws vendors from all over Aroostook County weekly during the summer months.

Emily Buswell has been part of the MFFM team since 2015. She has worn several hats within the organization and is currently working as Outreach Coordinator, working specifically with a group of 5 Bangor-area markets to grow their SNAP/MHB programs. She manages the Hampden Farmers’ Market and her family’s own small farm, Buswell Croft. outreach@mffm.org

Greg Warren is a Senior Agent for American National/Farm Family Insurance Companies. Greg’s office is located at 60 Main Street in Bucksport, Maine. Greg was raised in rural Delaware and graduated from Clemson University in 1980 with an Agricultural Education degree. Greg and his wife, Anne, live in Penobscot and have 4 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Anne has worked with Greg in their insurance business since it began in 1988 and is currently the office manager for Warren Associates. Their oldest son, Jeremy, joined them in the business as an agent in 2014.

John Heller is the manager for American National in the state of Maine.  He has over 10 years of experience in insurance and is heavily involved in the agricultural and business insurance marketplace.  He and his wife, Aubree, have 4 kids and together they operate a small farm in Waldoboro.

Leslie Forstadt is the Human Development Specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and includes the Maine Agricultural Mediation Program. 

Karen Groat is the Director of Family and Community Mediation and helps facilitate many conversations in families and more.

Kate Garland has served as the UMaine Cooperative Extension Horticulturist for Penobscot County since 2010. She helps home, community and school gardeners improve efficiency and build horticultural skills through a variety of educational outlets including workshops, newsletters, social media posts, demonstration gardens and one-on-one support. Garland also trains and supports a tremendous team of Master Gardener and Maine Harvest for Hunger volunteers who work on a broad range of educational and food security efforts in our region.

Jimmy DeBiasi is the Director of Program at the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets. Jimmy has overseen the growth and development of the Maine Harvest Bucks program at farmers’ markets and farm stands across Maine. For over a decade, Jimmy pursued work experiences that entrenched him in agriculture, food systems, and community development work in Vermont, Missouri, and Oregon. Jimmy is excited to be setting his roots in Maine and helping to strengthen farmer livelihood and fresh food access for all at MFFM.

Jonah Fertig-Burd is the Director of Cooperative Food Systems at the Cooperative Development Institute. He works with farmers, fishers, cooks and food producers to form cooperatives, particularly New American farmers in Maine and the Northeast.  He’s on the board of the Cooperative Fund of New England, the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn and Land in Common Community Land Trust. He co-founded Local Sprouts Cooperative, a worker-owned cafe and catering business, and Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative, a multi-stakeholder food service cooperative.  He was a 2018 BALLE Local Economy Fellow, 2016 Democracy at Work Institute Worker Cooperative Developer Fellow, and Food Solutions New England Network Leadership Institute graduate. He is also a farmer and co-owner of Celebration Tree Farm & Wellness Center in Durham, Maine, where he lives with his wife and two children.  

Jonathan Alexis is the Training Coordinator for Security at MaineGeneral Health in Augusta. Jonathan has more than a decade of experience as a peacemaker, providing trainings across MaineGeneral on safety protocols, de-escalation, management of aggressive behaviors, and unconscious bias. 

Katelynn Ronan is an attorney at the law firm Rudman Winchell, where she focuses her practice on entrepreneurial, corporate, and commercial matters. She graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Finance and Management, earned her J.D. at Northeastern University School of Law, and subsequently returned to the University of Maine where she earned her Masters of Business Administration.

Kelby Young owns and operates Olde Haven Farm with his wife, Pam, in Chelsea, Maine. Olde Haven Farm is a diversified farm focusing on organic vegetables, pork, lamb and preserves. Kelby is the president of the Farmers’ Market at Mill Park (Augusta) and a member of the United Farmers’ Market of Belfast. 2020 will be Kelby’s first year on the Board of Directors at MFFM. 

Kelly Davis is the Coordinator for Merrymeeting Gleaners, a gleaning organization in Sagadahoc County. She has been working with farms in the midcoast area since 2016 resulting in over 130,000 pounds of local food donated to food insecure Mainers. 

Ronda Stone is a Consumer Protection Inspector with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Ronda is originally from Aroostook County and has roots in the agriculture community. She has also worked in both dairy manufacturing and low acid canning as a quality control manager. ronda.stone@maine.gov

Shelley Goraj, MS, RD/LD is the Director of Food and Nutrition Services at MaineGeneral Medical Center.  Shelley received both her BS and MS degrees from the University of Maine at Orono and she has been a Registered Dietitian for the past 22 years. 

Stephen Wagner is an attorney at the law firm Rudman Winchell, where he focuses his practice on municipal, environmental, administrative, and land use law matters. He graduated from the College of the Atlantic with a B.A. in Human Ecology and earned his J.D. at the University of Maine School of Law.

Steven Price was hired as market manager in 2018. This is a part-time, nine-month position that reports to the market’s Steering Committee. Steve is a retired communications professional with a strong background in marketing and publicity. Prior to taking this job, Steve and his wife had been market customers for many years. When not working, Steve can be found reading, writing and fly fishing.

Tom Roberts started selling at farmers’ markets in 1983 and by the end of that decade was selling at the Brewer Farmers’ Market five days a week from May to October. Today his Snakeroot Organic Farm in Pittsfield sells its five acres of produce at two large and two small farmers’ markets in the central Maine area. Tom was a founding member of MFFM in the 1990s and in 2011 he worked with Cooperative Extension to develop the End-of-Market Gleaning Program used at the Orono and Waterville Farmers’ Markets.