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.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Sustainability Science: Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems
Barnard College of Columbia University
B.A. Environmental Policy
Director - Farm to Fork
ripe.io, Brookfield, MA
1/2018 to Present
ripe.io, Peterborough, NH and Sharon, MA
6/2017 to Present
Food Systems Research Associate
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), Deerfield, MA
6/2017 to 12/2017
School of Earth & Sustainability, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
9/2016 – 1/2017
Communications & Media Consultant
Minerva Strategies, Seattle, WA and Ware, MA
9/2013 – 1/2017
Farmer's Market Manager/Field Crew Member
Hutchins Farm, Concord, MA
9/2014 – 11/2015
Vegetable Greenhouse Grower
Russell’s Garden Center and Greenhouse, Wayland, MA
4/2015 – 6/2015
Development & Communications Associate/Office Manager
Mercy Corps, Seattle, WA
Local Food Access, pre-Food Corps
Farm-to-Table and Montana State University Extension, Glendive, MT
7/2009 – 9/2010
Closing the Gap: A Needs Analysis of the Pioneer Valley Food System
A needs assessment of the local food supply chain in Western MA.
Mapping the Chicopee, MA Food System
Undergraduate Thesis: Prioritizing Environmental Concerns in Thailand and Cambodia
Analysis of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's environmental metrics used to track forest, fish, and water resources.
Youth community farm, Thailand
Launched a youth farm growing indigenous vegetables.
Kansas Statewide Food Distribution Study
A report on the food distribution challenges rural grocery stores face in Kansas.
skills & Databases
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!