Team Overview

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We are a nonprofit organization and as such are owned by no one in particular, but rather governed by a dedicated board of directors who functions in the best interest of our community. The day-to-day operations are carried out by an all-star team consisting of the founding members and some we’ve scooped up along the way. Being a young organization, there is significant overlap between the board of directors and the team. It’s a fun and stimulating processing building this unique organization!

What began as a vision shared by the 5 founding members has grown into something shared by so many more, and it continues to grow! Our motto is teamwork makes the dream work, and our slow, sustainable growth has allowed for each member to naturally and organically find the role that is most fitting to his or her passion and skillset. 

Beyond our core team, the community continually amazes us with enthusiastic support. We are fortunate to welcome volunteers and accept donations to help see our mission through.

We envision a local food economy that thrives on community partnerships and values healthy food and farms.

The Board of directors

President

France Hahn
Cofounder, Kearsarge Food Hub

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"I am originally from Nice, France. I have lived in Bradford for most of my life and attended Kearsarge Regional School District. Throughout my years in Bradford, I spent a lot of time outdoors and learned to appreciate the natural environment and a sustainable lifestyle. I then went on to study Economics and International Development at McGill University, and my time there was pivotal in helping me to understand what it was that I wanted to do. I came to the realization that food and agriculture and many of the problems we face globally are interconnected. After some time traveling abroad, I was incredibly fortunate to come home and reconnect to a group of like minded individuals who were as eager to make a difference in our own community as I was. "


Vice President

Kathleen Bigford
Volunteer, Kearsarge Food Hub

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"It is an honor and a pleasure to serve as vice-president of the creative, exuberant whirlwind that is the Kearsarge Food Hub. Having known three founders since their childhood and as a member of a different demographic, it is such a pleasure to see these "kids" return to our community with a passion to create a viable local food venture. I bring a fervent interest in food networks, gardening, business, education, eating (they are all excellent cooks), and, yes, a little den mothering."


Secretary

Hanna Flanders
Cofounder, Kearsarge Food Hub

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"After graduating from KRHS, I went to Smith College where I studied philosophy and environmental science and policy and became deeply troubled by the disconnect between humans and nature. It became clear that how we produce and consumer food is at the heart of this disconnect, and therein lies our hope for revival and reconnection. I gained experience with agriculture through working on the Kearsarge Gore Farm, seeking out farmer's markets, joining a CSA and writing about how to find, store and prepare local food. I settled in my hometown to raise my family, and some of my dearest high school friends returned home from travels abroad having all reached a similar conclusion as me. We decided to embark on an adventure to redefine our relationship with food, with nature, and with each other through the development of a food hub, a journey I am grateful for each and every day."


Treasurer

Lauren Howard
Cofounder, Kearsarge Food Hub

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"I am originally from Minnesota but spent most of my youth in Kennebunk, Maine. I moved to Bradford to join the ranks of the group that would become the Kearsarge Food Hub. I’ve loved to cook since I was a kid and I spent most of my life working in the food industry. I have seen firsthand the problems that exist in contemporary restaurant culture and commodity-based food system which serves it. As such, I have been moved to address those issues as best I can by working with small local farms and both individual and institutional consumers to provide source-identified goods. Furthermore, my educational background in the biological sciences has lent itself to my increasing interest in agroecology and mycology, which are fields that we are working to incorporate into our own farming operations. There is no single approach that will resolve the many problems we face today. As such, we seek to address the salient issues in our local food system by engaging conscientiously with all points along the supply chain and by sharing what we learn with as many people as possible."

Director

Pierre Hahn
Cofounder, Kearsarge Food Hub

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"I have lived many places but none quite like Bradford, which I consider my home. I graduated from Kearsarge High school then went to Syracuse University where I learned what I didn't want to do with my life. So I simplified and after some sincere contemplations went back to nature and worked at Kearsarge Gore Farm for some of the most life changing months in my life. Since then I can’t live without local veggies and love sharing that blessing with the community that surrounds me."


WELCOME to our newest board members! —>


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Tara Mahady
Communications Director at Secondwind Water Systems, Inc., Co-founder of Presence Practice, Contributing Yoga Instructor to Evergreen Healing Arts

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My partner and I moved to Sutton three years ago and truly feel we’ve come home, in large part due to the warmth and welcoming of the people who form the Kearsarge Food Hub and Sweet Beet Market. It’s my heartfelt belief that local food systems and local economies are what will save our world, and I’m thrilled to lend my presence and skills in supporting and serving the vision, mission and values of this amazing collective. The confluence of an academic background in environmental humanities, a 25-year career in fundraising and marketing for NH non-profits, my role as a meditation and yoga guide, and a longing for deep community roots provide the ground from which I serve as a Kearsarge Food Hub Board member. I’m so honored and humbled to have been asked to be a part of this work.

Director

James Rhodes
RN, New Hampshire Hospital

I was blessed to have grown up and lived in the Kearsarge area most of my life. Truly a pleasure. After graduating Kearsarge I spent time in the hills of Northfield, VT at Norwich University. Which led to Peace Corps which somehow led to Nursing School. Along the way I was learning to  appreciate good food and good friends. Turns out good food was hard to find, good friends, no problem. KFH.

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Director

Vera Kelsey-Watts
Certified Financial Planner, co-owner of Peace of Money

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My very first job at age 14 was working on a 35 acre farm in Lincoln, MA just a few miles from my home. My love of growing food, touching the earth, and tending things with care was born in this soil. I returned to that same organization after undergraduate studies to coordinate the summer youth program that had cemented my passion for growing food 20 years earlier. Today, I live in Fremont, NH happily growing food and raising chickens for my family and neighbors in our tenth of an acre garden. I am the owner and principal financial advisor of a fee-only financial planning practice based in Newburyport, MA

Director

Leon Malan
MBA, PhD, Professor of Environmental Studies at Colby-Sawyer College

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My fondest childhood memories are from the times I spent on my grandparents farm in South Africa. I guess you can say that farming is in my blood. It took a long detour via several jobs in industry, graduate school and working in higher education before I ended back on the farm again. In my position as a faculty member at Colby-Sawyer College, I teach several sustainable farming and food systems courses, I oversee some research projects related to improving local food, and I manage our permaculture garden and food forest on campus. My interest in farming is  based on a commitment to a future with healthy, locally produced food that regenerates our environment and offers affordable and fair food to all.


The team

Garrett bauer

Cofounder; Sweet Beet Kitchen & Bakery Manager

"I grew up in Bradford, NH and have lived here for most of my life. I went to UNH and studied EcoGastronomy (ecology meets gastronomy) & Community and Environmental Planning. I started working in the food system because we all have a relationship with food, whether we like it or not. Currently, we have divided ourselves so much from our food that we have almost lost all meaning to it. At the food hub, we try and change that, and bring more meaning back to our food."

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Bea ross

Sweet Beet Market Manager

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"I grew up in New London, NH and graduated from Kearsarge Regional High School in 2007. I went on to study English at Plymouth State University, and upon graduating made the decision to fulfill my dream of working for AmeriCorps. I moved to Knoxville, TN where I served two terms with CAC AmeriCorps in the University of Tennessee recycling department. While there, I developed a passion for graphic design, coordinating zero waste events, and managing the composting operations for the university dining facilities. Following my terms with AmeriCorps, I worked in landscaping before I decided to return to New Hampshire to join some of my closest friends in the mission revive the local food movement."

Pierre Hahn

Cofounder; Board director; Sweet Beet Farm Manager

Kathleen Bigford

Board Vice-President; Volunteer; Education Coordinator

France Hahn

Cofounder; Board President; Team Coordinator

Lauren Howard

Cofounder; Board Treasurer; Administrative Coordinator 

Hanna Flanders

Cofounder; Board Secretary; Communications Coordinator


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