Kathy has worked as Operations Manager for MFMA since September 2012. She is also the owner of Simple Harvest Farm Organics in Nerstrand, Minnesota and is an occasional vendor at Riverwalk Market Fair in Northfield.
Kathy first became aware of MFMA in 2009, when she was part of the effort to create Riverwalk Market Fair and attended a MFMA conference in Owatonna where she was impressed by the speakers and resources offered at that event.
Kathy has spent most of her career in agriculture and brings those connections to MFMA, which has helped MFMA build strong collaborations with diverse groups and has paved the way for successful public policy efforts.
Kathy’s favorite vegetable is any green leafy vegetable….but by far her favorite all-time food is milk.
Jesse has been involved with the MFMA since June 2012. He is also actively involved in the Grand Rapids Farmers' Market, serving on their Board as Publicity Director, manager of the Mighty Matching Dollar incentive program for SNAP purchases and as the market's premier garlic vendor. Jesse and his husband Warren live on the family farmstead; their farm business is Trout Lake Garlic.
Jesse believes that MFMA's research, programs and services fill a unique need by connecting resources to the work of vendors and markets. He enjoys getting to know members, associate members and stakeholders as part of his work for the MFMA.
Jesse is recently graduated from the 8th cohort of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program (MARL). This 2-year program highlights the political, environmental, economic, and labor challenges facing agriculture and rural Minnesota. For more information , visit www.marlprogram.org
Jesse’s favorite vegetable is the artichoke, because "they’re just so cool," though he has yet to harvest mature ones from his farm. Garlic is a close second.
Prior to moving to Minnesota this past spring, Nikki was the Deputy Director of Marketing for FRESHFARM, a non-profit organization and Washington, DC’s largest network of producer-only farmers markets. She was a speaker at this year’s Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Farming for the Future Conference, and her writing has been featured in the May 2016 issue of Growing for Market Magazine. Her focus is farmers market management and marketing and she is eager to showcase the stories of MFMA members and markets all across the state.
When not fulfilling her duties as Digital Media Communications Coordinator for MFMA, you can find Nikki working as EBT Coordinator for the Mill City Farmers Market in Downtown Minneapolis and tending a large garden on her family farm in Anoka County. Her favorite vegetable is asparagus.