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 and semitic languages at Boston University and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Following a decade as an educator, she returned to grad school at UM, studying European history and political science.  Most recently she was the director of a cultural nonprofit, and brings experience in fundraising, programming, and community outreach. As a youth she enjoyed time staffing her grandparents’ farm stand and helping prepare for the weekly Fredericton, Boyce Farmers’ Market. She became Executive Director of MFFM in the summer of 2014
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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.
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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.