Our Leadership Committee is an organized group of socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneurs, gardeners, educators, designers, retirees, and passionate citizens who are dedicated to bridging the gap between people and where their food comes from. We meet on fourth Tuesdays of each month from 6:00-8:00pm at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension located at 75 Clearwater Drive in Falmouth, Maine. *All are welcome to attend. Be sure to check our public calendar on our home page to ensure the time and location remains accurate for this month.
Meet the Foodscapes Garden Project (FGP) Leadership Team:
Hugh Hill, Concerned Citizen, Retired Teacher and Lawyer
Deb Van Hoewyk, Bayside Neighborhood Community Garden, Portland Food Council
Phoebe Lyttle, Garbage to Garden, Food Recovery Coalition
Margaret Jean, IDEXX Laboratories, Permaculture Certified Designer
Sara Reddick, Buena Vista Gardens
Eric Kind, GB Handyman Services
Brianna Bowman, Maine Network of Community Food Councils, Cooperative Development Institute, Maine Foodscapes
Jillianne Valerianni, 2018 FGP Gardener, Maine Families
Ali Mediate, Maine Foodscapes, Cumberland County Food Security Council
Melissa Destefano, Maine Foodscapes Communications Intern
* Individual biographies coming soon!
Meet the team at Maine Foodscapes:
Ali Mediate, Founder and Director
Photographer: David Erde
Ali received a degree in Community Agriculture and Food Science from The Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA). She holds a Master Gardener and Master Preserver Certification through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County and enjoys volunteering her time to share her skills with others. She has eight years experience working with local food systems initiatives and non-profits, including service years with AmeriCorps and FoodCorps. She has held a variety of roles from Community Gardens and Events Coordinator at The Evergreen State College, to Kitchen Garden Project Coordinator and Workshops Coordinator at Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB), to Board Member for Slow Food Greater Olympia, to her service year in the Ellsworth School District through Healthy Acadia. Formerly a freelance Research and Administrative Consultant with the Cumberland County Food Security Council, Ali has been working to raise awareness of the many benefits of strong local food systems infrastructure and the potential for building greater food security in Maine for three years now. Previously working in the community as the Portland Farmers Market Information Booth Attendant, she supported access for low income EBT/SNAP users in gaining information and access to nutrition incentive programs like Farm Fresh Rewards and Maine Harvest Bucks - stretching benefit food dollars and expanding access to Maine's agricultural abundance to all community members. She volunteers as much as she can for the Howard C. Reiche Community School's Green Team in Portland's West End and works there after school as a Garden Educator in the fall and spring. She spends her time trying to excite everyone she meets about growing their own food and reconnecting with the land that feeds us. She can be found reading a book, riding her bicycle, or in the garden, preferably with bare feet and dirty fingernails!
Brianna Bowman, Garden Builder & Volunteer Coordinator Bio and photo coming soon!
Melissa Destefano, Communications Coordinator Bio and photo coming soon!
Maine Foodscapes is still germinating...
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