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THE TEAM

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Maria Moreira, Executive Director and Co-Founder

Maria has been mentoring beginning farmers since 1984. She has created several businesses, her first at age 23. She is a former dairy farmer who developed and operated a value-added cheese making business to sustain her family’s dairy operation during its twenty-five year existence. She directed the marketing for the Ethnic Crops Program and the Beginning Farmer program at UMass from 2002 to 2012 and was instrumental in accessing USDA’s “Know Your Farmer Know Your Food” high tunnel pilot program for socially disadvantaged farmers in MA. Maria served as FSA County Committee Advisor for nine years and has been a member of the USDA Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Advisory Committee and the Massachusetts Farm Bureau since 1985. She has also been a 4-H Sponsor,  a Steering Committee member for the Worcester Food Hub, a Board Member of both NIFI and Rural Coalition, and a member of NSAC and the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness. Maria’s work with local farmers to access new ethnic marketing opportunities has resulted in over five million dollars of ethnic produce sold over the past 12 years. She lives with her husband at the family farm in Lancaster, Massachusetts.

Jessy Gill, Program Director

Jessy grew up on a family farm in upstate New York, and received her B.A. in Anthropology-Environmental Studies with a minor in African Studies from St. Lawrence University. Prior to joining World Farmers, Jessy worked with a local NGO in the Far North Marsabit region in Kenya, lived and worked on a farm in the Green Mountains of Vermont, and worked on federal, state, and local policy and movement building efforts at the Community Food and Justice Coalition in Oakland, CA. Jessy works closely with the farmers at Flats Mentor Farm to develop and refine all programs and services to fit individual needs as well as support farmers in pursuing new opportunities. Jessy leads World Farmers’ advocacy efforts, manages grants, and coordinates organizational partnerships.

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Delia Tallent, International Operations Coordinator

Delia holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Delia has experience in both private and public sector business, including relationship marketing for a fortune 500 company, Personnel Systems management for the United States Air Force, and administrative support for the Cheyenne VA Medical Center. The daughter of immigrants, she understands the challenges facing immigrants trying to adapt to a new culture. She has built relationships with the farmers based on a foundation of trust and respect. She enjoys assisting immigrants and refugees farmers with building productive lives through sustainable farming.

Tyler Rioff, Farm Production & Sustainability Coordinator

Since graduating from Wesleyan University three years ago, Tyler has immersed himself in the humbling and rewarding world of organic family farming. He has learned from scratch the blend of patience, persistence, calm, and wondrous excitement required to grow vegetables, develop a farming business, and treat the land right. Tyler is eager to get to work with so many passionate, skilled farmers from all over the world and to get smarter managing the rich soils and on-farm systems at the Flats.

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Morgan Healey, Communications Coordinator and Video Production Manager

Morgan has double major in computer graphic design and web design. While getting her degree, she designed and developed a brochure for the Ethnic Crops program with UMass Amherst’s Agriculture Department. Prior to joining World Farmers, Morgan was employed for 5 years at the Holden Landmark Corporation, later expanding as Worcester Magazine’s Graphic Online Designer. Morgan also has experience as a freelance designer. Additional expertise includes developing campaign materials for local city councilor, logo design and company branding for CrossFIT EXP and volunteering her time at a local school to raise money for a local animal shelter. At World Farmers, the materials she produces focus on small business marketing, branding, and identity design.

Immaculate Nyaigoti, Outreach Specialist

Immaculate is a native of Kenya and has lived in the United States since 2001. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Political Science degree at UMass Amherst. As a first generation immigrant, daughter of farmers, and someone who has been in the struggle for food justice all her life, she is taking steps towards finding her role in this fight against hunger and for food justice.

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OUR BOARD

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Georgia S. Good - Board Member of World Farmers and Executive Director of the Rural Advancement Fund (RAF)

Georgia has assisted low-income rural South Carolina communities for over forty years. Born and raised on a farm, she would leave school every year from August to November to plant and pick cotton. In 1970, Georgia Good helped found the now Family Health Center; she also organized the Orangeburg County Consumer Health Council for poor families. Through RAF, and as Vice President of the DC-based Rural Coalition, Ms. Good assisted in passing a key program, called 2501, for small farm groups in the 1990 Farm Bill. She also worked to secure more than 30 sections of policy in the 2008 Farm Bill. Ms. Good promoted settlement of the Pigford Claims, under which thousands of African American farmers received settlements for being closed out of USDA programs for many years. In 2012, Ms. Good was selected by President Obama to participate in the White House Policy and Action Leadership Conference, and she has also served on committees under President Jimmy Carter addressing migrants and seasonal farm workers. Georgia received her education from Claflin University, UC Berkley, New York Training Institute, New York City College, and the MIT Fellowship. Ms. Good is a life member of the NAACP, attends Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Orangeburg, and is a proud mother and grandmother.

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John Peter Pacheco Jr. - Board Member of World Farmers and TD Bank Manager

Born in Fall River, MA, John is a native to Massachusetts and resides in Lancaster.  During the day, John is a Store Manager for TD Bank in the Northern Hills of Worcester County; he has been with the company since 2005.  A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a dual degree in Biology and Criminal Justice, John grew up running a family business and has naturally followed in those footsteps with his position at TD Bank.  He is heavily involved in the community and is the Business Development Chair for TD Bank for the Montachusett Area Rotary Club and also volunteers at the Acton Boxborough Regional High School as a coach for the Marching Colonials Colorguard.  John has been teaching students since he was in college and continues to work and volunteer in the community where he lives.

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Veronicah J. Nyaigoti - Board Member of World Farmers, Nurse Practitioner, and Farmer

Veronicah comes from Kenya, where farming is a part of the normal routine of everyday life; it is natural for the children to assist with the care of land and agriculture. Through this Veronicah developed a great interest in farm life and continued to pursue it even after leaving her native land. After teaching and receiving her associates degree in Kenya, Veronicah moved to the United States with her husband and four kids to further her education and continue to provide a better future for herself and her family. She received her Practical Nursing License from Mt. Wachusett Community College in 2008 and became more involved with World Farmers in 2010. Her involvement with World Farmers gave her and her family the opportunity to continue to uphold the tradition of children learning about farming and agriculture. This is exemplified by the four generations within her family working on the farm. As a board member, farmer, nurse, wife, and parent,  Veronicah continues to exemplify the ideals of an inspirational, strong, motivated, God-fearing woman.

THE FARMERS

Farmers from any corner of the globe are welcome at Flats Mentor Farm. Most farmers learn about the opportunity to farm at the Flats via word of mouth, which ensures that everyone at the Flats has at least one point of contact with their fellow farmers. Currently, over half of our farmers are from Central and East Africa, while some of the longest-tenure farmers are of Southeast Asian origin. Over two-thirds of our farmers are women.

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FARMER SPOTLIGHTS

OUR 2016 INTERNS

Four interns from Nashoba joined the World Farmers staff for the month of July in 2016. They worked on a variety of projects to support the farm during the growing season and continued that support into the school year. They were all chosen for the internship due to their enthusiasm and desire to help others. The interns hope to apply the knowledge and new understanding of the world gained through this opportunity to many endeavors in the future.

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Julia Wachtel is a rising senior at Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton Massachusetts.  She is hoping to bring awareness to this rewarding organization through marketing and community outreach videos. During the school year Julia teaches a video club at the Center School and loves participating in all theater productions with the high school. She is looking forward to spending time with her friends and family in this last year before college.

Paul Theriault is a rising junior at Nashoba Regional High School. He hopes to take away valuable life lessons from this experience that can be used later in life. One of Paul’s major assignments this summer is to help create marketing and community outreach videos that can bring awareness to this wonderful organization. When Paul is not in the office or on the Flats, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. In school, Paul is the Producer of Nashoba’s News Station. Paul looks forward to spending his summer with this gratifying experience and meeting a lot of great farmers out on the Flats!

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Ihsan-Mulyono

Ihsan Mulyono is a rising junior at Nashoba Regional High School who lives in the beautiful, perfect little town of Stow with his parents and four sisters. He loves to debate, act and play soccer. He also enjoys coaching track at Hale Middle School. He is currently the Secretary-General of Model UN as well as the Vice President of DECA at Nashoba. In the future, he is hoping to start his own nonprofit and one day become president.

Sam Mitchell is a rising senior at Nashoba Regional High School and is from the town of Bolon. In his internship at World Farmers, he hopes to learn more about national and local policy as it relates to small farms. He is editor-in-chief of the Nashoba newspaper and is an active member of the theatre and robotics programs. Sam loves to read the New York Times and learn more about the complex and varied world in which we live, something he hopes will continue throughout his experiences with World Farmers.

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