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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.