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STAFF

Johanna

Development & Communications Coordinator

Johanna is constantly enraptured by all things food, from the modes of production to the experiences of eating. She has garnered broad experience in the food system from working on small diversified vegetable farms, interning and volunteering with organizations focused on local food resiliency, co-authoring a Food Waste and Reduction Guide for Dane County, and conducting research on food policy. She is currently completing a Masters in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy at Vermont Law School, and is delighted to continue working with FairShare to engage folks in local food consumption.

Liliana

CSA -IN Network Coordinator

Liliana is a Senior at UW-Madison majoring in International Studies with certificates in Public Policy, Development Economics, and Latino Studies. Liliana has worked as the Finance Director for F.H. King: Students for Sustainable Agriculture, an organization on her college campus. After interning at the U.S. House of Representatives in D.C., Liliana has become increasingly passionate about building relationships across diverse communities and promoting community engagement. Liliana is excited to contribute her efforts toward strengthening our local food system as the Network Coordinator for the national CSA Innovation Network.

Jill

Administrative Coordinator

For the past decade, Jill has worked as a food and sustainability professional across the Midwest, motivated by a desire to steward our natural environments and enhance the health and happiness of our communities. Jill’s wide-ranging work in food and agriculture included designing and implementing statewide farm to early care and education strategy in Wisconsin and working as the Assistant Market Manager for the beloved Dane County Farmers’ Market. Throughout these roles, Jill developed a passion for records management, accounting, and how a strong administrative foundation can support mission-driven organizations. Jill is thrilled to bring her administrative skills to FairShare’s amazing team and programs.

Carrie

Executive Director

Carrie delights in eating fresh, local & organic produce throughout the year via CSA. She has an extensive background in food systems, from working on statewide farm-to-school initiatives at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems to working as a farmhand at Crossroads Community Farm to teaching sustainable agriculture to undergraduate students in Thailand. She enjoys applying her Masters degrees in Public Health and Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to her daily work at FairShare.

Claire

Organic Vegetable Educator

Claire Strader is the Organic Vegetable Educator for FairShare and Dane County UW-Extension.  In this shared position, Claire works with organic vegetable farmers serving direct markets. Her previous experience is as a certified organic vegetable farmer, beginning farmer educator, and retail produce buyer.  She has worked in the Wisconsin local food system since 1993 and joined FairShare in 2013. Her key projects include on-farm research on cover crops and reduced tillage techniques for organic vegetables, the Organic Vegetable Farm Manager registered apprenticeship, and the annual Organic Vegetable Production Conference serving farmers in Wisconsin and surrounding states. 

Sam

Vegetable Educator

Sam will be providing farmer education and support to Milwaukee-area vegetable growers in this shared position between FairShare and UW-Madison Extension. Sam has worked in many roles on vegetable farms in Wisconsin – as a field hand, running his own CSA, and managing an educational farm in Sheboygan. He has a Master’s degree in Horticulture from Michigan State, where he researched organic weed control. And for three years, he was an instructor of Sustainable Landscape Horticulture at Lakeshore Technical College. Sam especially appreciates sharing his love of plants with children in his community.

INTERNS

Chelsea

CHELSEA HOLMAN

Program Intern

After graduating from UW-Madison with a degree in Environmental Studies and French, Chelsea moved to France to teach English to French high school students. Now that she has returned to Madison, she is excited to be doing essential work with FairShare in a city that she loves. Chelsea is working as the Routes to Roots Intern, connecting some of her favorite things, being active, equity, and FOOD.

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Partner Shares Program Intern

Hawthorn McCracken is the child of a former dairy farmer and public school teacher. They grew up in East Tennessee and have made Wisconsin their home since 2008. With a background in arts, community education, and organic growing, Hawthorn is passionate about combining technical knowledge and community connections in order to build stronger food systems and more diverse and equitable rural communities. They are interested in perennial crops, foraging, creating queer rural spaces, and integrating art and self-care into farm practices. In addition to their work in communications for various farming organizations, Hawthorn also serves on the boards of Madison Mycological Society and the local South Central Chapter of Wisconsin Farmers Union.

Emma

Partner Shares Program Intern

Emma is a farmer, writer, and creative with a love for food, farming, and social justice. She cherishes warm summer memories of her grandparents’ hobby farm and harvesting from her family’s backyard vegetable garden. Emma has since kept her hands in the soil at an organic rooftop farm in Copenhagen, Denmark called Østergro and at Troy Farm during the Covid-19 pandemic. She recently graduated from UW-Madison, where she had the opportunity to conduct research on urban agriculture systems and support programming to improve farmer resilience in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region. Emma continues to be inspired by the incredible wisdom in BIPOC narratives of farming and cooking and hopes to help amplify these voices in local food systems.

Megan

Program Intern

(she/her/ella) Megan Spielbauer Sandate is a fourth-year student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies and receiving Certificates in Public Policy and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies. Inspired by Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice by Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Megan is interested in learning more about cooperative ownership and community-based markets, particularly within Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color. As a member of UW Madison BIPOC Coalition, Megan knows that demanding racial justice is essential to reducing environmental, economic, and social inequities and achieving food justice for BIPOC communities. By joining the team at Fairshare CSA Coalition, Megan hopes to learn more about local Wisconsin farming and how we can connect growers and consumers to ensure that our local food system is sustainable and built to grow our community.

Kelsey

Events Intern

Raised on a farm in Tennessee, Kelsey (they/she) has always had an intimate understanding and appreciation of the dedication required of farming professionals. They have fond memories of riding farm equipment with their father, tilling soil with their mother, and shucking corn into a kiddie pool alongside their sisters. Kelsey and her partner are brand new to Madison after moving from Memphis, Tennessee this May. They are excited to immerse themselves in the local farming culture and to learn more about the history of CSA through an equitable and inclusive lens. Kelsey has a background in nonprofit fundraising and event planning and is thrilled to contribute her talents to the FairShare team.

Jenna

Program Intern

Jenna enjoys building relationships and sharing stories around a good plate of food. Food is so central to our identity and well-being, which is why she cares about creating a just and equitable food system through education, policy, and system-changes. She pursues this work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is in her final semester double majoring in community and environmental sociology and environmental studies with a certificate in food systems. Jenna is also involved with her local food systems through her internship and Director’s positions at the student organization and nonprofit Slow Food UW. 

Majenta

Events Intern

Majenta is a senior at UW-Madison studying Landscape and Urban Studies and Food Systems. They feel passionately that fresh food should be accessible to all, and have worked for various Madison organizations to support this. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crocheting, biking, and generally spending time under the sun. They are very excited to spend the summer working at FairShare as the Bike the Barns intern.

Board

BETHANEE WRIGHT

Beth

Former Board President

Farmer, Winterfell Acres

Bethanee Wright owns Winterfell Acres, an organic vegetable, fruit, flower, and herb farm in Brooklyn just south of Madison where she grows produce for 65 CSA families and several local restaurants on just under 1 acre. Started in 2013, Winterfell Acres has been a FairShare endorsed farm since 2015 and Beth has been active in the organization since 2011 as a Partner Shares intern. Beth lives on farm with her husband, daughter, two Pyrenees, and one farm kitty. She loves helping people reconnect with the Land through good food.

Bri

BRIANA KRANTZ

Former Board Secretary

Marketing Manager, Campus Sonar

Bri has around a decade of experience working to understand audiences and how to create content that resonates with them. She leads a team of marketing professionals, together spending their days analyzing data and creating strategic plans to responsibly use that data to connect with audiences and drive business decisions.

Previously, Bri worked as Marketing Manager at Nelnet and New Business Marketing Strategist at Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation. Bri lives in the Isthmus of Madison, Wis., where she spends her free time trying to keep a deck garden alive, doing yoga, and hanging out with her cat.

Laura

LAURA MORTIMORE

Farmer, Orange Cat Community Farm

Laura Mortimore runs Orange Cat Community Farm in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. She grows 3 acres of certified organic vegetables, primarily marketed through a 150 member CSA. The farm has been in operation since 2010 and a member of FairShare CSA Coalition since 2011.  Laura is grateful to be spending her days bringing awesome food to her community, and her favorite job on the farm is digging giant sweet potatoes.

Kristen

KRISTEN KORDET

Farmer, Blue Moon Community Farm

Kristen Kordet owns Blue Moon Community Farm, a CSA and Market farm in the Town of Dunn on Madison’s southern edge.  Started in 2004, Blue Moon has been a FairShare endorsed farm for over 16 years, and Kristen has been active in the organization through Board membership, farmer endorsement work, on-farm research and training, and outreach.  She lives on the farm with her husband, an ecological consultant, and son, Cyrus.  

KAY SCHWICHTENBERG

Kay

Former Executive Vice President, Animal & Public Health - Central Garden & Pet

Kay is the recently retired CEO of Central Life Sciences, where her expertise has centered on the blending of technology and marketing to deliver products to both consumers and business markets. She is a member of the Committee of 200, a professional organization of America’s pre-emininent women business leaders. Kay brings her experience on consumer trends, business leadership, and advising startups and small businesses. 

 

In addition to being on FairShare’s Board of Directors, she also sits on the board of advisors for Springboard Enterprises, a global business accelerator for women entrepreneurs, and the board of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. 

BILL HERMAN

Bill

Former Director of  Human Resources, Aprilaire, a Division of Research Products Corporation

Now retired, Bill was the Corporate Director of Human Resources for Research Products Corporation, the manufacturer of Aprilaire indoor air quality products with over 600 employees.

Bill began with Arthur Andersen, an international consulting and audit firm, followed by a move to Madison, WI for the opportunity to be the VP of HR for the Highsmith Company. Of particular note is Bill’s background in managing health care costs.  He has been at the forefront of employee health care initiatives and is continuing his efforts at Aprilaire.

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