Welcome, Heather Mahoney!
Heather Mahoney started with the Rutabaga Project on April 19, 2021. She replaces Kelsey Gantzer as the new Food Access and Rutabaga Project Manager.
For the past 13 years, Heather was employed with the Minnesota Department of Revenue, most recently as a trainer with the Collection Division. She has an accounting and financial background but farming, food, and equitable food access have always been close to her heart. Heather grew up on an 80 acre hobby farm in rural Minnesota. Her and husband reside in Embarrass on their 40 acre homestead in the woods. In the summer, you will likely find her out in one of their vegetable gardens. Heather is a registered cottage foods producer and sells canned goods and produce at the Mesabi East Environmental Education Center Farmers Market. She is also new Farm to School producer this year for the Mesabi East School.
Heather’s current role at the Rutabaga Project is primarily focused on work outlined in the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant, awarded in 2019. She will provide an overview of the objectives outlined in the grant and seek feedback for current projects and future priorities.