Kathy Zeman, Executive Director
Kathy started working with MFMA in September 2012. She is also the owner of Simple Harvest Farm in Nerstrand, Minnesota and is the volunteer treasurer at Cannon Valley Farmers' Market in Faribault.
Kathy has spent most of her career in agriculture and brings those connections to MFMA, which has helped MFMA build strong collaborations with diverse groups and has paved the way for successful public policy efforts.
Kathy is the chair of the Food Innovation Team of the Minnesota Food Safety and Defense Taskforce, serves on the steering committee of the statewide Local Food Advisory Committee, represents MFMA as part of the Sustainers Coalition for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and the Minnesota Grown Promotion Group.
Kim Guenther, Director of Communications
Kim has been with MFMA since early 2019. She is also the coordinator of the Marshall Farmers' Market in Southwest Minnesota. As a strong advocate for locally grown whole foods, she loves working with producers and market managers across the state to promote and support their markets. Kim has spent most of her career in higher education at colleges and universities across the Midwest.
Her favorite vegetable is the tomato for its color, lycopene, and versatility-- from salsa to caprese!
Maeve Mallozzi-Kelly is the Farmers’ Market Economic Opportunity VISTA at SMIF working with the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association. She is working on a special a survey to capture data from farmers’ markets and the local food economy while supporting Diversity Equity and Inclusion efforts.
Every five years the Minnesota Department of Agriculture conducts a survey, collecting agriculture statistics in the state. These surveys usually target large commodity farmers, unintentionally excluding small-scale and BIPOC producers and markets. By conducting a separate survey, we hope to support markets that are under-represented, demonstrating the positive financial and social impacts local food systems provide. Gathering this information will also put us in a better position to create programming to support more sustainable, inclusive, and financially sound local food economies.
Maeve is ecstatic about the chance to work on such a collaborative and human focused project. Originally from Indiana, she spent the last two years in Paraguay as a Agriculture Peace Corps Volunteer while completing her masters degree in Sustainable Development. She is passionate about the impact sustainable agriculture has on climate justice, rural economic growth, and public health and is excited to learn about and support the local food system in southern Minnesota.