Tamara has been on staff at the Farm Direct Coop for the last decade. Past positions include Newsletter Editor, Depot Coordinator, and Bookkeeper. Currently Tamara co-manages the FDC with her indispensible partner, Julie Pottier-Brown. Her main responsibilities include managing the flow of data for our 760 member organization, communication with the membership, accounts payable / receivable, budget planning and tracking, and working with Julie to make sure the members have the best possible experience. She also works as a server at 5 Corners Kitchen in Marblehead. In addition to a passion for farm fresh produce, Tamara enjoys modern dance, yoga, and her two beautiful daughters
Mira's interest in local and sustainable food started with her first job out of high school, as the 'Juice Bar Queen' at a natural food store in her hometown of Lexington, Mass. Currently Mira works full time as an EMT, while completing the clinical internship portion of Paramedic certification, and is a call firefighter. Mira lives in Boxford with her two spunky kids, two horses, a dog and a cat. Any spare time is devoted to skiing and hiking, depending on the season, yoga, knitting, reading and adventures in the kitchen, which are usually tasty.
Anita is an accomplished writer with 16 years of cross industry writing experience in business, science, television and the internet. She is also a beekeeper, organic gardener, avid cook, obsessive canner, fermented food lover, dehydrator, locavore and all around food preserver. Staunch supporter of local organic farms and their products, Anita is a firm believer everyone should know where their food comes from, what's in it and support the local farmers who grow it. Anita is a honeybee fanatic and shares her passion for bees by writing a beekeeping blog. She lives in Beverly with her husband Brian and two sons, Finnigan and Riley.
Michele is the Salem - Tuesday Coordinator. She lived in Massachusetts
(Lexington, Middleboro, Boston, Cambridge, Salem) all her life before
moving to Minneapolis for 12 years. There she worked for a record
company, and learned to garden in the rich soil 3 blocks from the Mighty
Mississippi. She grew & canned organic tomatoes and made every variation
possible of pesto! She came back East because she missed the ocean,
Fluffenutter, and Dunkin Donuts. Most importantly, she wanted her kids
to have our awesome regional accent! She lives on a vernal pool/swamp in
Boxford with her husband, two minions, Bellatrix and Aquila and two all
American mutts. Michele enjoys gardening (as long as she can eat her
plants), canning, reading, crafting with junk/trash, music, knitting and
finding frogs in her yard. It is strange and wonderful to her that she
has returned to Salem, a city she lived and worked in 20 years ago!
(Rykodisc,the record company, and she lived next to The Pig's Eye on
Daniels Street, if you were curious!)
Steve drives a truck to western MA each week to gather fresh produce from multiple farms. He grew up in Western NY where road side farm stands were common (and he misses them). Steve enjoys local and farm fresh foods whenever possible. He is a photographer who spends his free time working in his garden or out in his small hand made boat. Steve and his wife Molly just recently purchased their first home in Marblehead.
After three years of FDC membership, Melissa is thrilled to be coordinating pickup at the Melrose Depot on Thursdays. She enjoys beach days, reading, knitting, and experimenting in the kitchen to create meals that are simple, healthy, and appealing to the picky eaters in her house. When not working at the depot, Melissa can often be found chasing her three young kids around Melrose.
Marion joined Farm Direct Coop back in 1999 because of its emphasis on organic farming and has enjoyed watching the coop grow both in mission and size! As well as volunteering, Marion served as an alternate on the FDC Board, and since 2012 has been part of the hard-working FDC team. Primarily responsible for the bread share, she has also worked as substitute coordinator and starting this season will assist at the Marblehead Depot. Skiing is a favorite pastime, along with yoga, badminton, gardening and swimming at the beach. Marion lives in Marblehead with her family but grew up in the UK, ‘learning the ropes’ of jam and marmalade making at her dad’s elbow. She’s really looking forward to another season of experimenting with pickles, drying tomatoes, and learning new ‘foodie’ things from other coop members.
As Operations Manager, Julie's primary responsibility is planning what crops show up at the depot each week. As the liaison, she is charged with creating and maintaining year round relationships with producers both small and large. Other responsibilities include helping to manage the infrastructure, staff, marketing and overall direction of the FDC. None of this would be possible without the support of her indispensible business partner Tamara Sullivan, and an excellent, committed staff. Julie came to the Coop 15 years ago as a member, fell in love with all the workings and the mission of the coop and joined as a manager shortly thereafter. She has been a depot coordinator in all three locations at one time or another. In addition to good food, dance, music and yoga, her vibrant teenaged boys keep Julie busy.
Chelsea is excited to be joining the staff as the Tuesday Melrose Depot Coordinator. Currently, Chelsea works part-time as a social worker at a hospital in Boston. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, biking, camping, hiking, cooking, canning and dehyrating food, and crocheting. Chelsea lives in Melrose with her husband, one year old daughter, and two dogs.