Jimmy DeBiasi

Director of Programs

Since 2017, 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 has pursued 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.  Before joining the MFFM team, he worked as a volunteer organizer and development professional at a major social services nonprofit in Portland, Oregon.  Jimmy is excited to be setting his roots in Maine and helping to strengthen farmer livelihood and fresh food access for all with his role as Director of Programs at MFFM.

Emily Buswell

Program Associate

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 Associate, Emily works on a variety of Federation projects, including Maine Harvest Bucks technical assistance, consumer education, Maine Farmers’ Market Snapshot Week, and social media.

Lindsay Pelletier

Presque Isle Farmers' Market Info Booth Manager

A full-time mom and gardener with a background in customer-service, Lindsay is excited to operate and manage the new information booth at the Presque Isle Farmers’ Market.

Marie Taft

Aroostook County Farmers’ Market SNAP Access Coordinator

Marie has been with MFFM since 2016, in collaboration with the Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District, overseeing SNAP and Maine Harvest Bucks at the Houlton Community Market. 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.