Laura Robinson, President
Laura has a Masters in Public Health, a background in qualitative research, and is a certified holistic health and wellness coach. Laura recently co-founded a small organic veggie farm in North Yarmouth (Riverside Farm), and through her public health lens, she is also starting a baby food company, uniting her passions to help moms and families live their healthiest lives.
Judy Gatchell, Clerk
Judy is a registered dietitian with a background in Public Health Nutrition. She has worked on both the local and state levels for the WIC Program in Maine and New Hampshire. She has worked with local communities to support healthy behaviors to promote health among populations at risk for chronic disease. Judy served as Nutrition Education and Training Coordinator for the School Nutrition Program at the Maine Department of Education and in that capacity worked with schools to develop and offer training and grant funds to strengthen local school nutrition staff.
Winslow Robinson, Ph.D.
Winslow is a behavioral designer / design researcher, specializing in the science of habit formation in design for social good. He is involved in state-level advocacy through the Southern Maine chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition. With his partner, Winslow recently founded Riverside Farm using organic low/no-till practices with heavy emphasis on hand tools, mixed veggie production, and a small apiary.
Amy Carrington, Treasurer
Amy Carrington is the Internship Coordinator and Program Specialist for USM’s Food Studies Program. She is an advocate, community organizer, avid gardener, and farmer. She has extensive experience supporting new American farmers and believes in the value of intercultural knowledge. She enjoys raising her own small herd of Nubian and Nigerian and is a recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Dawud Ummah has been farming in Maine since he bought his first farm in Litchfield in the early 1990s. He is a veteran of the first Gulf War. He served as US Air Force Aerospace Medical Technician & Deployment Specialist for 10 years. He bought the farm he currently owns in Turner in 2018. As President and Executive Director of the Center for African Heritage, he founded an organization that connected community members to their agricultural roots. He managed a demonstration farm at Cumberland County Extension where he also served on Extension’s Board. As an Interfaith Chaplain at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, he ministered to the spiritual needs of students of the faith of Islam. He has served as an Executive Committee Member for the NAACP, Portland Branch and a founding Director for Maine Freedom Trails, Inc.