Farm to School Network Leadership Team
The Leadership Team is made up of 12 individuals from different regions of the state who represent a diversity of roles within the farm to school movement. They have demonstrated great creativity and commitment to advancing the farm to school movement. These individuals will help define and implement the goals of the Network, providing strategic guidance to the Network and serving as the overarching decision-making body for the Network.
Josh Cohen is a teacher in Worcester and holds masters in teaching and educational administration. He believes that agricultural education is vital to all students. Grow food everywhere!
As the Executive Director of both School Sprouts Educational Gardens and The Farm Education Collaborative, Hope has been instrumental in designing and implementing over 15 teaching gardens and farm-based education programs throughout the Pioneer Valley. She works with schools, colleges, and after-school programs to realize a vision of outdoor classrooms that allow for hands-on learning and meaningful work. She and her family live in Belchertown where they tend to a small orchard, a large garden, 3 dwarf goats, and a flock of hens.
As a Dairy Council registered dietitian for the last 29 years, Diane has worked in Central and Western Massachusetts to improve child wellness through programs like Fuel Up to Play 60 and her work to expand breakfast programs in schools in her region. Having grown up on a dairy farm she is thrilled she can combine her love of dairy farming with her interest in nutrition to highlight the dedication and commitment dairy farm families make to improve the health and well-being of students.
Graeme Marcoux is an environmental science teacher at Salem High School. He has built a hydroponics lab, aquaculture lab, and school garden at the high school. He works with many students who play a major role in planting the school garden each spring and enjoying the harvest each fall and throughout the summer.
Jacqueline Morgan has enjoyed her 30 year career in School Nutrition and has been Director of Food Services for the Milton Public Schools for the past 15 years and served in the same position for 15 years in the Walpole Public Schools. She is a past president of the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts. She is the mother of three amazing children where she shares a home with her husband of 30 years in Milton.
Christina Nordstrom, M.Ed., P.A.P.H.S.
Christina Nordstrom has worked in the field of health promotion for over 30 years. With experience in developing and implementing corporate and community-based wellness initiatives, she has served as Director of the Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention Program for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health since 2006. Christina holds degrees in Human Services Management and Instructional Systems Design from UMASS Boston, and recently became certified as a Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist.
Val Snowdon is the Education Program Manager for Mill City Grows where she works extensively with Lowell Public Schools to install, maintain, and provide youth programming for vegetable gardens. She holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England where she focused on community and food systems.
Shadeah is a burgeoning leader in food equity and nutrition who believes that an overhaul of society’s food culture is not attainable without zeroing in on our schools. Her focus is to make fresh, local, sustainably grown food a common right for everyone, independent of economic class or stage of life. She is particularly active with the Harvard Food Literacy Project and at the state and regional levels with Food Solutions New England.
Andrew P. Stratton is the Director of Dining Services for the Easthampton and Granby Public Schools. Andrew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts with prior experience working as a chef in both restaurants and colleges. Andrew has been a Director in K-12 food service for the past fifteen years and has focused on promoting healthy, nutritious, locally sourced foods.
Madison Walker began her career in School Nutrition as the Farm to School Coordinator for the Chicopee Public Schools. Walker currently serves as the School Nutrition Director for the Greenfield Public Schools.
David Webber is the farmers’ market coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources where he works on various programs and special events that intersect local agriculture and health. David received a BA in Sociology from Clark University in Worcester, MA and has a Master of Public Health from Boston University.
Cathy Wirth is the Agriculture Program Director for The Trustees. She has over ten years of experience working on issues across the food system, including sustainable agriculture, food security and food access, and childhood obesity. Prior to joining The Trustees, Cathy managed a farmers’ market, subsidized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, healthy corner store initiative, and childhood obesity prevention program in Boston, conducted research on hunger and food insecurity among California farmworkers, coordinated nutrition and gardening education in Philadelphia schools, and worked on urban agriculture projects domestically and internationally. She received her M.S. in International Agricultural Development at the University of California, Davis.