Staff

Leigh Hallett, MFFM Ex. Dir.

Leigh Hallett

Executive Director

After graduating from the American University in Washington, D.C., Leigh completed graduate work in comparative theology, political science, and semitic languages at Boston University and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Following a decade as an educator, she became director of a cultural nonprofit, developing expertise in fundraising, programming, and community development. As a youth she enjoyed time working at her grandparents’ farm stand , PYO orchard, and the farm’s stall at the  Boyce (Fredericton) Farmers’ Market. With this life-long predilection for farmers’ markets, she became Executive Director of MFFM in the summer of 2014.

director@mffm.org
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Jimmy DeBiasi

SNAP Program Coordinator

During his college years at the University of Vermont, Jimmy pursued classes and work experiences that entrenched him in agriculture, food systems, and community development work.  Jimmy spent a year as an AmeriCorps in rural Missouri where he launched an online farmers market and spearheaded garden-based education programming at local schools and low-income communities.  Most recently, he worked as a volunteer organizer and development professional at a major social services nonprofit in Portland, Oregon.  Jimmy is excited to take root in Maine and help strengthen farmer livelihood and fresh food access for all with his role as SNAP Project Coordinator at MFFM.

snap@mffm.org


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Emily Buswell

Program Assistant

Emily is a life long New Englander who grew up visiting her local farmers’ market weekly and tending her own backyard flock of chickens.  Her interest in agriculture and farm-to-table eating was evident even then, and her great enthusiasm for all things local has continued to grow ever since.  Now she visits her local farmers’ market each week with her own family.  She lives in Carmel where she and her family (and their backyard flock!) enjoy working on their homestead, with a focus on permaculture, towards their goal of food self-sufficiency. As Program Assistant, Emily works on a variety of Federation projects, including membership, Maine Farmers’ Market Snapshot Week, and social media.

Assistant@MFFM.org
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Marie Taft

Aroostook County Farmers’ Market SNAP Access Coordinator

Marie has a longstanding interest in health and wellness and a particular enthusiasm for growing, cooking and sharing nutritious food. Throughout her career, she has worn many hats in the wellness field, including personal care provider, health consultant, massage therapist, and natural food store staff person. She appreciates the community she’s found in moving to Aroostook County and is excited to help expand access to healthy food via the Houlton Community Market this season.

In collaboration with the Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District, MFFM has hired Marie to oversee the new SNAP and Maine Harvest Bucks incentive program at the Houlton Community Market. Marie manages the market’s information booth and coordinates promotion and outreach to make sure everyone who could benefit from this new program knows about it. In 2017, Marie will provide remote support to the Madawaska Farmers’ Market’s SNAP and Maine Harvest Bucks program.

thecounty@mffm.org