Announcing the Baskets to Pallets Educator Cohort

The Baskets to Pallets project is pleased to announce members of the new Baskets to Pallets Educator Cohort.  Over the next 2.5 years, members will have the opportunity to work closely to share knowledge and expertise, design and teach lesson plans, meet buyers, receive free coaching and ‘big picture’ perspectives on local food marketing trends from specialists, and trial strategies with local farmers seeking to enter intermediary markets.

Baskets to Pallets Educator Cohort 

Christian Malsatzki Agriculture Program Leader Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County
Daniel Eggert Organic Brand Manager Harris Seeds Organic
Elizabeth Gabriel Director Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming
Jason Detzel Livestock Educator Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County
Kimberly Vallejo Director of Outreach NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets
Laura Biasillo Agricultural Economic Development Specialist Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County
Maria ‘Flip’ Filippi Local Foods Program Leader & Harvest Kitchen Manager Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County
Mariane Kiraly Sr. Resource Educator CCE Delaware County
Miriam Boateng Taste NY at Todd Hill CCE Dutchess County
Omari Washington Interim Executive Director/Program Coordinator Hudson Valley Seed
Paul Loomis Organic Markets Coordinator NOFA-NY
Sheila Daminski Grand Island Farms, Inc Secretary and Board of Directors, Grand Island Farmers Market Manager Grand Island Farms, Inc
Katharhy Sysaq Garden Manager and Instructor City Parks Foundation
Tanya L Moyer Owner/Farmer Mulligan Creek Acres

Sponsorship for the Baskets to Pallets Educator Cohort
This project is sponsored by the NYS Northeast SARE Professional Development Program and supported by the Cornell Small Farms Program.

Violet Stone

Violet is the coordinator of the Reconnecting with Purpose project, which offers farm and food system educators and change makers a retreat space to explore challenges and renew a sense of inspiration and purpose in their work and lives. She is also a collaborator on the Be Well Farming Project. This project creates reflective spaces for farmers and food producers to connect meaningfully and explore strategies that can ameliorate challenges and bolster quality of life. Violet serves as the NY SARE Coordinator and can help farmers and educators navigate NESARE grant opportunities.