Kathy started working with MFMA in September 2012. She is also the owner of Simple Harvest Farm Organics in Nerstrand, Minnesota and is an occasional vendor at Riverwalk Market Fair in Northfield.
Kathy first became aware of MFMA in 2009, when she was part of the effort to create Riverwalk Market Fair and attended a MFMA conference in Owatonna where she was impressed by the speakers and resources offered at that event.
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’s favorite vegetable is any green leafy vegetable….but by far her favorite all-time food is milk.
Jesse has been involved with the MFMA since June 2012. He is also actively involved in the Grand Rapids Farmers' Market, serving on their Board as Publicity Director, manager of the Mighty Matching Dollar incentive program for SNAP purchases and as the market's premier garlic vendor. Jesse and his husband Warren live on the family farmstead; their farm business is Trout Lake Garlic.
Jesse believes that MFMA's research, programs and services fill a unique need by connecting resources to the work of vendors and markets. He enjoys getting to know members, associate members and stakeholders as part of his work for the MFMA.
Jesse recently graduated from the 8th cohort of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program (MARL). This 2-year program highlights the political, environmental, economic, and labor challenges facing agriculture and rural Minnesota. For more information , visit www.marlprogram.org
Jesse’s favorite vegetable is the artichoke, because "they’re just so cool," though he has yet to harvest mature ones from his farm. Garlic is a close second.
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!
Madison Hilligoss, Intern
Madison is a summer volunteer for MFMA currently home in the Twin Cities after spending her first year in New York City as a student where she studies Teaching and Learning: 7-12 Spanish at New York University. Outside of being a student, she loves to perform and create; she’s a tap dancer, singer, and performing artist.
Madison grew up in Minnesota in a family of farmers; so, eating locally, gardening, going to farmers' markets, and supporting sustainable food practices has always been a large part of her life. That is especially thanks to Kathy Zeman, who first introduced her to MFMA. She is looking forward to extending her passion for writing, language, and visual creation to the great work that MFMA is doing.
Sarah Hilligoss, Intern
Sarah is a 2020 summer volunteer at MFMA; she is home in between her junior and senior year at Barnard College in NYC, where she’s majoring in English with a creative writing concentration.
Outside of school, Sarah loves to read, write, cook, and bake. She jumped on the sourdough train early in March and has been nurturing her starter, Bertha, ever since.
Sarah is thrilled for the chance to hear the stories of Minnesota farmers and farmers' market attendees in the next few months. Sarah, like her sister Madison, grew up on a hobby farm and finds value in supporting local and sustainable food practices whenever and wherever she can.
Her favorite veggie is a ramp because it’s such a wonderful, tasty way to let everyone know that spring has arrived.