• About

    Caroline is a Food Systems professional, a farmer, and a specialist in local food procurement and supply chains. She has worked in food/agriculture consulting for the last year after earning a Master's in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her graduate work focused on connecting local producers to wholesale markets in traditionally under-served communities. Previously, she spent eight years in non-profit communications, media relations, and fundraising for mission driven organizations and international NGOs. Before that she worked in rural Montana to develop a farm to school program that addressed food insecurity and food access.

     

    Caroline has a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Berhnard College and an M.S. in Sustainability Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Central Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.

  • Education

    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    May 2017

    M.S. Sustainability Science: Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

    Barnard College of Columbia University

    May 2009

    B.A. Environmental Policy

  • "The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all."  

     

    Wendell Barry

  • Experience

    Director - Farm to Fork

    ripe.io, Brookfield, MA

    1/2018 to Present

    • Works closely with the CEO, President, Head of Product Strategy and technical team to vet farm to fork customers, design tailored projects to fit their needs, and support the execution of product solutions by managing the engagement from start to finish. 
    • Works with farm to fork customers and ripe.io's technical team to synthesize product plans/timelines and customer needs into executable project plans. 
    • Proactively seeks out and researches blockchain use cases for the farm to fork vertical.
    • Farm to Fork new business development. 
    • Interviews and hires new farm to fork members. 

    Project Manager

    ripe.io, Peterborough, NH and Sharon, MA

    6/2017 to Present

    • Designed and managed three on-farm pilot projects testing concept and design of ag-tech sensor products and applications.
    • Coordinated multi-stakeholder projects involving farmers, distributors, buyers and technology partners in the design of a test-bed ecosystem.

    Food Systems Research Associate

    Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), Deerfield, MA

    6/2017 to 12/2017

    • Researched and compiled annotated bibliography on how local food messaging resonates in low income and Hispanic communities in Hampden County.
    • Conducted surveys and analysis on farm stand market channel viability for diversified vegetable farmers.
    • Supported collaborative work with four colleges to increase local food procurement and sourcing.

    Graduate Assistant

    School of Earth & Sustainability, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

    9/2016 – 1/2017

    • Edited and developed website content and collateral.  Performed outreach around the launch of the new School of Earth and Sustainability.

    Communications & Media Consultant

    Minerva Strategies, Seattle, WA and Ware, MA

    9/2013 – 1/2017

    • Message development, media relations and advocacy for a diverse group of mission driven non-profits and foundations.
    • Prepared press releases, performed media audits, built media lists, researched trends and secured top tier media placements for clients.
    • Planned events for clients and designed event collateral.

    Farmer's Market Manager/Field Crew Member

    Hutchins Farm, Concord, MA                                                                                                      

    9/2014 – 11/2015

    • Managed booth at Boston farmers’ market.
    • Planted, weeded, harvested, and packed vegetables on certified organic farm.

    Vegetable Greenhouse Grower

    Russell’s Garden Center and Greenhouse, Wayland, MA

    4/2015 – 6/2015

    • Grew organic and conventional vegetables and flowering annuals by seed and transplant in largest greenhouse in Central Massachusetts.
    • Prepared fertilizers, soil amendments, and identified pests.
    • Applied for SNAP eligibility for summer farmer’s market.

    Development & Communications Associate/Office Manager

    Mercy Corps, Seattle, WA

    8/2011-5/2014

    • Executed six donor events per year, including 150-person annual donor gala.
    • Produced weekly media report distributed agency-wide.
    • Researched/produced media lists, wrote press releases, secured media placements.
    • Donor stewardship, cultivation and solicitation for a Development Director’s million-dollar portfolio.
    • Managed donor portfolio in Raiser’s Edge and wrote donor communications/appeals.
    • Hired and supervised communications intern.
    • Managed office budget and Development Director budget.
    • Arranged international and domestic travel to conflict areas, including visas.
    • Managed all office functions including reception, IT, communications, and office equipment.
    • Admin support to Media Relations Team, Major Gifts Development Director, Planned Giving Director and Founder.
    • Represented Mercy Corps at public events, conferences, and presentations.

    Local Food Access, pre-Food Corps

    Farm-to-Table and Montana State University Extension, Glendive, MT

    7/2009 – 9/2010

    • Initiated a new farm-to-school program in the elementary schools; established advisory committee
    • Managed farmer's market and community garden.
    • Managed high hoop tunnel production project growing specialty crops under USDA grant.
    • Organized a district-wide “Harvest Lunch Week” where students ate a locally sourced school lunch daily
    • Organized first annual Harvest Festival to celebrate local foods and farmers in the community.
    • Assisted in small-scale food production for Western Trails Food.
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  • Projects

     

    Closing the Gap: A Needs Analysis of the Pioneer Valley Food System

    5/2017

    A needs assessment of the local food supply chain in Western MA.

    Mapping the Chicopee, MA Food System

    12/2016

    Research and needs assessment on “low supermarket access areas” and their contributing factors

    (See Video here)

    Undergraduate Thesis: Prioritizing Environmental Concerns in Thailand and Cambodia

    5/2009

    Analysis of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's environmental metrics used to track forest, fish, and water resources.

    Youth community farm, Thailand

    6/2008

    Launched a youth farm growing indigenous vegetables.

    Kansas Statewide Food Distribution Study

    2/2018

    A report on the food distribution challenges rural grocery stores face in Kansas.

  • skills & Databases

    • Raiser's Edge
    • Donor Pro
    • InDesign
    • Arc GIS
    • Cision Point
    • Media/Social Media Strategy
    • Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), Certified Permaculture Designer

  • Hello,

    I have worked on farms from Vermont to Montana and currently consult for a handful of companies, including an ag-tech start-up company building the blockchain of food in San Francisco and a sustainable food business consulting company out of Chicago. I am passionate about supporting and strengthening local food systems, talking and working with farmers, testing my backyard soil and all things sustainability. If you need help on your next project, drop me a line!