Staff, board, and partnerships

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Julie Davis (right) with Quabbin Harvest staff team, Oct 2023

Staff

  • Julie Davis, Store Manager Julie is a founding member of the co-op, originally heading the CSA program. She lives in Orange with her family, including two family dogs. She is currently the Store Manager, and you can find her bustling around the store most days.

Board of Directors (2024-2025)

  • Ruth Curry (Orange) is a resident of the Chestnut Hill community that spans Orange and New Salem. She and her husband, Nick Curry, moved to Franklin County from Chicago in 2020 so Nick could take a job with Stefan Maier Tracker Organs. Ruth continues to work for Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL, where she’s a member of the university’s Center for Civic Engagement. Ruth is a Big Sister and a member of the Garlic and Arts Festival steering committee. She’s loved learning cider pressing, maple sugaring, sausage-making, and baking in a wood-fired oven from her neighbors and is eager to support the local farms that proffer such bounty.
  • Ramona Hamblin (Brattleboro, VT) moved to New Salem from Newton several years ago and began volunteering at Quabbin Harvest. It exemplifies what is so beautiful about this area: people coming together to share and work towards a vision that puts food, land and community first.
  • Seth Isman (Hadley) A longtime Connecticut Valley resident, Seth has been involved with coops since 1972, when he was a Board Member of the Amherst Food Coop and the Yellow Sun Coop. More recently, he served as Bookkeeper of the Old Creamery Coop in Cummington and also owned and operated a retail store selling toys and children's clothing in Northampton for 27 years. He has been a member of Quabbin Harvest since its beginning and brings to the board expertise in financial management and financial information systems.
  • Cassandra Knowles-True, Secretary (Phillipston) is a North Quabbin native and is proud to see the ways that the community has been growing, especially embracing, supporting, and celebrating the Quabbin Harvest Co-op!
  • Mark Maynard (Warwick) Born and raised in Warwick, Mark Maynard was employed for nearly 40 years by Community Action in Orange, helping connect local residents to resources such as food, public benefits, social services, counseling, and financial assistance. This experience has provided him with insight and hands-on appreciation for what it's like to live in this part of Franklin County and he hopes to see Quabbin Harvest continue being part of this community into the future.
  • Margot Parrot, Chair (Athol) moved to the North Quabbin region 12 years ago and discovered the co-op when it was located in the Orange Innovation Center. She started volunteering there and brought eggs whenever her ten chickens had extras. People began asking for more and more eggs, so she got more and more chickens. Now she has about 200 chichkens, ducks, and geese and people are still asking for more eggs! Margot previously served on the board for six years, spent two years as Emerita, and is again serving on the board with a wealth of historical knowledge of the Co-op.
  • Nancy Wilson (Warwick) is a Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services serving the needs of Massachusetts home buyers and sellers for over 30 years. Nancy is passionate about life and has an adventurous spirit. She loves a good laugh with family and friends, trying out new recipes, enjoys reading and the Arts, creating inviting spaces using Feng shui and her home staging skills, traveling and caring for all kinds of animals. She loves a challenge and believes you're never too old to learn something new! She has been volunteering at the Co-op for several years now, including in the Community Garden where she's tending to the vibrant colors of spring, summer and fall for all to enjoy!

Treasurer

  • Cathy Stanton (Wendell) is an Emerita board member who holds historical Quabbin Harvest board knowledge. She is very involved in "food movement" issues both in the eastern part of the state, where she teaches, and in her home in north-central Massachusetts.

Our board is elected democratically by member-owners each spring. If you are a member-owner interested in running for a seat on the board or making a suggestion for nomination, please email us.

Emerita Board Members

  • Amy Borezo
  • Kelsey Cass
  • Julie Davis
  • MaryEllen Kennedy
  • Pat Larson
  • Margot Parrot
  • Ingrid Schatz
  • Robin Shtulman
  • Cathy Stanton
  • Nina Wellen

Partnerships

We partner with many area organizations working on expanding access to healthy food for our whole community. Find out more here.

Our building is owned by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. Like Quabbin Harvest, Mount Grace is committed to supporting the local food system and keeping area farms in operation. Learn more about their farmland protection program on their website.

Support our work by volunteering or making a donation.