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Lunch & Learn: The Value of Cultivation — A Case Study from American Farmland Trust

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Gretchen Mais, Director of Development & External Relations, American Farmland Trust

Gretchen MaisGretchen Mais has been with American Farmland Trust since 2008, managing e-mail communications, e-advocacy, online fundraising, national engagement campaigns, regional and national webinars, and audience analysis. In 2009, she coordinated the launch of the first-ever America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest, which has since reached more than 1,700 farmers markets and 90,000 farmers market shoppers, and she has played a key role in expanding the No Farms No Food® national outreach campaign. She finds this an exciting time to work on projects that bring together local food system planning, farmland preservation, environmental issues and public health.

Mais’ previous work experience includes managing a 400-member, 10-farmer cooperative CSA and serving as director of marketing and sales for Granite Creek Vineyards LLC.

She earned a B.A. with a double major in business management of sustainable agriculture and interdisciplinary arts and letters from Prescott College and an M.A. in social and environmental values in food consumption, also from Prescott College.