The Mt. Washington Valley Eaters & Growers (MWVEG) is an organization made up of farmers and local food advocates who are working together on local food issues. We aim to provide a voice for farmers on farm-related topics and resources to community members looking to support local farms. Our mission is: to strengthen the regional food system through communication, collaboration, and cooperation among our farms and our community.
MWVEG will continue working on the promotion of locally grown products in a variety of ways. If you value the vibrant working landscape present in our community today, then help keep those farms alive. MWVEG asks you get involved. We ask you to be vocal about eating local. We ask you to support your local farms, through CSAs, at the farmers’ markets and farm stands sprinkled throughout the region, and by asking, “what’s local” on the menu today at your favorite restaurant. For more information, email us at: email@example.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook.
Our Board Members
Olivia Saunders is a Field Specialist in Fruit & Vegetable Production, in the UNH Cooperative Extension Food & Agriculture Program. She has been with UNH Extension since 2013.
Olivia works directly with vegetable, tree fruit and small fruit farmers in NH on issues such as soil fertility management, pest identification, cover cropping, organic production and challenges associated with new and beginning farming. Olivia is a founding member of MWVEG.
Jennie is a potter and farmer, born and raised in the Mount Washington Valley. She runs A New Day Farm, a small CSA farm business, growing on her family's homestead as well as borrowed land in the valley.
With a passion for digging in the dirt in the studio and out in the field, eating what she grows, and growing it for others, her goal is to encourage others to eat the most nutritional, seasonal foods while keeping it local.
Tom Earle has farmed and gardened for forty years at Earle Family Farm in South Conway. He and his wife Ruth keep laying hens, Dorset sheep, veggies, a small orchard, and make maple syrup. Tom was part of the first Conway Farmers' Market back in the 1980s and was one of the first organic farms to be in our region. He is a founding board member of MWVEG and was a long time board member of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.
Andrea is a farmer in the Mt Washington Valley. She has been raising her herd of milk and meat goats, Berkshire and Kunekune pigs and laying hens for the past four years. She will soon growing mushrooms, edible flowers and herbs on the farm. Her passion is to create a beautiful, sustainable farm for her animals to flourish and humans to enjoy. She joined the board to promote her belief that everyone should have access to the most nutritional, best tasting food – that food is locally grown.
Joanne Ducas operates Mountain Heartbeet Farm, and grows Certified Organic vegetables in Effingham, NH. Joanne has been on the board of MWVEG from the beginning and is dedicated to promoting the local food movement in our region.
Paul Swegel and his wife Katheryne Smith started Pork Hill Farm in 2009. They have a CSA and sell produce to grocery stores, summer camps, and restaurants throughout Carroll County. Paul is a founding member of MWVEG and Pork Hill Farm is a member of the Foothill Farm Alliance.
Drea is a Mount Washington Valley native and a lover of all things local! Having spent many summers working on farms in her late teens and early twenties, Drea values connecting with her food. This later led her to join a food access initiative through Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ithaca, NY during her senior year at Ithaca College and post-graduation. Despite no longer being in this position, she has continued to carry a deep-seated value for local, delicious, and nutritious food and above all, that it’s accessible for everyone. Having a mom who made many wonderful meals throughout her childhood and instilled a passion for getting creative in the kitchen, Drea sees food as love. It's that key ingredient that brings us all together. When Drea’s not digging into new recipes to put her CSA veggies to good use, she can be found playing outdoors with the endless backyard adventures the White Mountains have to offer.