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 education, 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: emailmwveg@gmail.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Our Board Members

Olivia Saunders

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 Blair

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 (ex-officio)

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 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

Joanne Ducas

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.

Catherine Dufault

Catherine works as the district manager for the Carroll County Conservation District and has been a board member since 2022.

Aimee Cambray

Jacqui Bell

Shannon Cake


Sandy Brocaar

Hannah Fleischmann

Andrea Pelosi

Jesse Wright

Paul Swegel

Drea Kasianchuk

Hank and Heather Letarte

Beth Nagle Griffin

Gabe Chiddy

Gratitude to Janet Wilkinson for her early support and contributions to what would *become MWVEG