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1005 Main St #8130
Pawtucket, RI 02860

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Who's Who at Farm Fresh
Board of Directors
  • Chris Clegg
    Farmer, Four Town Farm
  • Kim Cormier, Vice President
    Director, Consumer Activation, Strategic Marketing & Product Innovation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI
  • Chase Hogoboom, Treasurer
    President, Composite Energy Technologies
  • Skip Paul
    Farmer, Wishing Stone Farm
  • Kristina Peterson, President
    Director of Corporate Communications, Hasbro
  • Maureen Pothier
    Department Chair, College of Culinary Arts, Johnson & Wales University
  • Beni Seballos
    Doctor, Thundermist Health Center
  • Kathleen Shannon
    Consultant

Molly Bledsoe
Operations Associate - molly@farmfreshri.org

Molly started volunteering at the Wintertime Farmers' Market in December 2008 on a whim, and just kept showing up. Working for Farm Fresh RI opened her eyes to the local food movement and the larger environmental movement, causing her to change her concentration at Brown University from English to Environmental Studies. Now a graduate, she is serving a year-long Americorps VISTA term as the market data guru and co-coordinator for the Healthy Servings for Seniors program. What she loves the most about working for Farm Fresh is the feeling of community among the vendors at markets and the customers; happy people brought together by good food!

Russ Boullard
Market Mobile Lead Receiver - russ@farmfreshri.org

Many years ago, Russ drove by the Hope High School farmers market. He stopped by because he thought it looked interesting, and hasn't missed visiting a weekly farmers market since. A 20-year resident of Pawtucket, Russ has had a passion for food ever since taking a culinary arts class in high school. Now as a single dad trying to get his daughter to eat well, he not only appreciates farmers markets, but also has a vibrant garden of his own. Russ started working for Farm Fresh at the end of 2010 as a Market Manager. He began volunteering for Market Mobile soon thereafter, and gradually became a strong part of the Market Mobile team. Currently, Russ runs warehouse receiving from farmers, and he makes twice-a-week deliveries of local produce to businesses throughout RI and MA.

Kim Clark
Farm to Cafeteria Coordinator - kimclark@farmfreshri.org

Chef Kimberly has been an enthusiastic consumer and creator of food her entire life. At Farm Fresh, Kimberly is the RI Farm to Cafeteria Coordinator, promoting RI grown produce to RI school communities. She is a member of the Northeast Regional Steering Committee for the National Farm to School Network, a contributing member of the 6 state collaborative FINE: Farm to Institution in New England and affiliated with School Food FOCUS, a national collaborative that leverages the knowledge and procurement power of large school districts to make school meals nationwide more healthful, regionally sourced, and sustainably produced.

Kimberly teaches educational programs about local farms, cooking and nutrition to audiences of all ages and helps to develop sustainable relationships between farmers, food service directors and distributors throughout the New England region. As a chef, Kimberly brings her wealth of local food experience to every dish she creates, helping others to understand, appreciate and develop a preference for seasonal cooking and locally produced ingredients.

Chef Kimberly graduated summa cum laude from Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Culinary Nutrition and an AS in Culinary Arts. She is ServSafe certified.

Michelle Cruz
Administrative Assistant - michelle@farmfreshri.org

Michelle's parents and grandparents were organic farmers in Cabo Verde and Portugal. Her parents came to America and although they lived in three story tenement with a small backyard, they cultivated their garden almost immediately. Michelle loved learning about different herbs and vegetables throughout the years and has used that knowledge to start her own line of natural hair, beauty and home products called Natural Creola. Michelle belongs to the Sandywoods Farm Community Garden and has been an avid attendee of the Wintertime Farmers Market. Michelle is excited to join the Farm Fresh RI team and hopes to help more people in the surrounding community learn about the organization and the local food movement.

Claudia Espaillat
Harvest Kitchen VISTA - claudia@farmfreshri.org

Claudia got interested in local food, nutrition and food justice while living in beautiful San Diego California. Now she's back in Rhode Island, looking to share that knowledge and passion with youth, peers and customers in her hometown.

Noah Fulmer
Special Projects - noah@farmfreshri.org

Noah grew up in central New Jersey where suburban development pressures are a persistent challenge to farm viability. The deep taste of a freshly picked blueberry won Noah over at an early age. He was raised on corn from the farmstand down the road and spoiled by the flavors of his grandmother's traditional soups -- made fresh from vegetables growing in the small backyard-turned-garden that lay just beyond her kitchen window. But despite the "Garden State" nostalgia, new houses and strip malls were devouring nearby farmland. Noah saw the same patterns after moving to Rhode Island for college.

Noah's passion led him to co-found Farm Fresh Rhode Island. How could you ensure that local farms and just-picked foods have a place in our communities? People want to buy locally grown foods, but don't necessarily have the resources. The Internet is an ideal starting point for providing information about Rhode Island's farmers' markets, farms and foods. In fact, it would be critical if family farms are to compete in the modern food system. So despite having sworn off computer coding after two perilous years in high school, the need for a web-based information tool for farms and consumers is too pressing. Noah led both the design and production of the Farm Fresh RI website, with the hopes of expanding access to locally grown foods and sustaining farmstands and fresh flavors for generations to come. As Executive Director until 2013, Noah oversaw organizational programming, partnerships and strategy.

Kimberly Garofolo
Market Mobile Manager - kimberly@farmfreshri.org

Trimming fresh string beans and pulling up carrots from her Grandmother's garden was a ritual for Kimberly, as everyone had their part in preparing the family's weekly, Sunday feast. Having access to this family garden and growing up in a Connecticut town that had farms all around, it was easy to appreciate the amazing tastes of locally grown produce. After visiting a local farm stand, she would often grab a tomato and start chomping on it as soon as her Mom paid for it.

While living in New York City after college, Kimberly worked at a small Italian restaurant named Caffe Buon Gusto (meaning "good taste"). All the food was made with fresh ingredients, something that gave her pride in the food she served. Most of the produce came from New Jersey farms, the pasta from a local producer and the fish from a Connecticut fisherman. Fresh, wholesome, local foods did taste amazingly good!

Kimberly has an appreciation for the communities in which she's lived and especially loves Rhode Island. She also believes that most people take pride in and enjoy supporting their local economies by buying local. To support this belief, she is happy in her role as outreach for Market Mobile. She enjoys connecting with local businesses by offering them locally grown produce and locally made products through Farm Fresh RI's awesome, wholesale distribution program.

Paula Gill
Finance Director - paula@farmfreshri.org

Paula is a local urban gardener with a love for growing and eating fresh organic produce. A recent trip to Italy sparked a desire to change the way she fed herself, after being deeply impacted by Italians' passionate relationship to food and the Slow Food movement there. Since returning, she has dreamt of farming in Tuscany. By joining the Davis Park Community Gardens, as well as becoming a first year beekeeper, she has been able to make this dream a reality right here in Providence.

Paula brings with her a first-hand knowledge of running a small business, in addition to her knack for numbers. She is excited about joining Farm Fresh Rhode Island and being a member of the local sustainable food movement.

Sheri Griffin
Co-Executive Director - Community Access - sheri@farmfreshri.org

After establishing a farm stand and mail order citrus business with her parents and grandparents after high school, Sheri Griffin attended the University of Rhode Island, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and biology. After graduation, Ms. Griffin entered the nonprofit world, beginning as Director of Development and Publicity at AS220, a nonprofit arts center in Providence. Since then, she has worked at a range of nonprofits of various sizes and has become active in her neighborhood, working with other volunteers to keep a library branch open and starting a community garden.

Kristen Ketcham
Assistant Warehouse Manager - kristen@farmfreshri.org

Hannah Mellion
Program Director - Food System Enterprise - hannah@farmfreshri.org

Hannah discovered a passion for food and agriculture after completing a cross-country cycling trip in 2006. Weeks of cycling through magnificent wheat and massive corn fields provided her first real look at agriculture in this country, and caused her to question where all that corn was going! Her curiously led her to learn more about the way we produce food and to become interested and involved in the local foods movement. The local foods movement also provided a perfect way to combine her interests in health, nutrition, agriculture, and community work.

After spending numerous summers working on urban and rural farms, she found her way to Farm Fresh RI in 2008. Today, Hannah works on Farm Fresh RI's distribution related programs, including Market Mobile and Veggie Box, and Farm to School/Institution/Hospital initiatives.

Alexandre Mendonca
Warehouse Manager - alex@farmfreshri.org

Alex grew up and currently resides in North Providence. Alex's major goal as warehouse manager of Farm Fresh is to establish and maintain a positive and safe environment for farmers, customers and workers. Alex is a dedicated to Farm Fresh's mission and enjoys enjoys working hard to achieve his goals. Alex's work as a driver for Market Mobile and Veggie Box provided him with many opportunities to interact with customers and learn more about each program. He enjoys working in a team focused environment like Farm Fresh. Outside of work, Alex spends his time with his fiancé and their newborn baby girl!

Mikayla Moretti
Food & Nutrition Education Manager - mikayla@farmfreshri.org

Mikayla grew up in a household where food played a central role in her family's day-to-day life. The dinner table brought the whole family together every day and served as a place to gather and celebrate, always appreciating and savoring the delicious flavors of each home cooked meal. This love for and devotion to food led her to study nutrition in college and develop an even stronger passion for food, extending further to the connection between the food we eat, the health of our bodies and the health of the land from which it is grown. Mikayla has several years of experience teaching nutrition and garden education in traditional classroom settings, as well as outdoor and experiential-based learning environments. Upon graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 2010 with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, Mikayla went on to live and work on 3 organic farms as an apprentice where she gained invaluable firsthand experience in the principles of sustainable agriculture, community development, and the relationship between animals and humans, the environment, and how our food is produced.

Now as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Farm Fresh, Mikayla coordinates and teaches the Healthy Foods Healthy Families nutrition program at farmers markets, connecting families to good food and sound nutrition, and empowering them to live healthy lives.

Beth Myre
Veggie Box Manager - beth@farmfreshri.org

After spending a summer in Portland, Oregon, where fruit falls from the sky and vegetables grow in front yards, Beth Myre suddenly understood the joy of harvesting her own food. A year later, she was interning on a farm in Connecticut, and has slowly been finding her place in the local food movement ever since. Beth has an M.S. in Environmental Engineering.

Ryan Reeves
Harvest Kitchen Manager - ryan@farmfreshri.org

Ryan's six year sojourn living off the grid in Southern Vermont centered his thoughts on living well and simply. He is a firm believer in preservation, of land, of community, of old time skills, and of endangered words. His firm belief in the power of the individual to affect change, on a personal or systemic level, has led him (somehow) to helping local youth do the same, and he loves it.

Kayla Ringelheim
Program Director - Community Access - kayla@farmfreshri.org

Kayla first learned about Farm Fresh RI while in college at Brown University, where she was "that girl" who went to the Farmer's Market every week to buy apples and root vegetables. She began volunteering at markets in 2009, and the more she learned about the national and local food systems, the more intrigued she became with the intersection between agriculture and health. With a background in Human Biology, Kayla comes to Farm Fresh with a passion for how the local food movement is inextricably linked with the health of its respective communities. Kayla works to support FFRI's market-based nutrition education and access initiatives (Healthy Foods Healthy Families; Fruit and Vegetable Rx; Healthy Servings for Seniors), and also serves as a community liaison for larger public health discussions around the state. Kayla is excited to be part of a movement that seeks to improve the environment, the local economy, and individuals' personal well-being simultaneously.

Jesse Rye
Co-Executive Director - Food System Enterprise - jesse@farmfreshri.org

Jesse is from a small town in Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Michigan. His family tree is populated with cheesemakers, barbers and general store owners. As a result, entrepreneurship and supporting local business is in his blood. As he grew up, many of the core industries in Jesse's small community locked their doors. Simultaneously, family farms were closing and being replaced by factory farms. These dramatic changes inspired Jesse to learn how communities could revitalize themselves economically while preserving their unique sense of place, cultural traditions and environmental integrity. He has worked locally as a nonprofit manager; nationally as a researcher and advocate; and statewide as program director and communications specialist. These collective experiences have given him a perspective on how innovative people and organizations serving social causes build stronger communities. Jesse is an avid cook and gardener. He is glad to now call Rhode Island home.

Georgina Sarpong
Farmers Market Program Manager - georgina@farmfreshri.org

Chef Georgina grew up in and is a current resident of Providence, RI. She has always had a passion for food. After attending Johnson & Wales University, she spent a few years working for fast-paced restaurants and catering businesses, earning her stripe to become an executive chef. She developed and led new projects for more innovative, creative and healthy eating styles with her past employment and community. She is a firm believer in healthy and local eating in all neighborhoods. She strives to build the connection between the "cook" and the "farm" and now has the opportunity to work with a great team whose mission supports her beliefs.

Jen Stott
Harvest Kitchen Chef Educator - chefjen@farmfreshri.org

Harvest Kitchen is an all-encompassing job for Jennifer. Cooking has always been a lifelong passion. Her parents were both educators and are now happy to see their daughter follow their vocation. As a child, summers were spent cultivating her family's large fruit and vegetable gardens. The fall was a time for preserving jars of delicious foods for the winter. Harvest Kitchen allows Jennifer to enjoy the opportunity to educate urban youth and create delicious products while assisting farmers by putting their excess harvest to a good cause.