Food Policy Council Members

Sectors: Agriculture/Food Production, Restaurant, Government

Bob Scudder is a Chautauqua County Legislator. In addition to his role in government, Bob also has ties to the food system. He owns The Mustard Seed Restaurant in Fredonia,…

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Sectors: Agriculture/Food Production, Processing, Distribution, Transportation

Colin Erdle is a sixth generation farmer and a partner of Erdle Farms in Silver Creek, New York. Erdle Farms grows blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and Concord grapes. They are a…

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Sectors: Health/Social Services, Education

Working for the Salvation Army, Elizabeth Lopez has a firsthand look at food security within the region. With direct connections to community members and organizations, she has an understanding of…

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Sectors: Agriculture/Food Production, Education, Health/Social Services, Nutritional Assistance

Emily Reynolds is the Executive Director of Chautauqua County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). CCE has three main focus areas: food and nutrition, 4-H youth development, and agriculture. Through their educational…

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Sectors: Processing, Distribution, Transportation, Wholesale

James Galbato is the Director of Operations for Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce in Jamestown, New York. Brigiotta’s has a hand in food distribution, wholesaling, and transportation. Brigiotta’s produce comes from local…

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Sectors: Agriculture/Food Production, Distribution, Transportation, Education, Health/Social Services, Nutritional Assistance, Food Waste

Kathleen Peterson is the Executive Director of Chautauqua County Rural Ministry (CCRM). CCRM runs a number of programs, including: a soup kitchen, an emergency food pantry, cooking and nutrition workshops,…

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Sectors: Education, Health/Social Services

Linda DeJoseph is an instructor at Jamestown Community College (JCC). She coordinates both the school’s Single Parents Reaching Education (SPREE) program and the school’s food pantry. This provides her with…

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Sectors: Agriculture/Food Production, Wholesale, Distribution, Education, Health/Social Services, Food Waste

Linnea Carlson oversees the operations of the Jamestown Public Market as the only full time farmer’s market manager in Chautauqua County. Through her work, Linnea interacts with producers, schools, nutritional…

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Sectors: Non-Profit and Health and Wellness

Mikayla Certo is a Community Project Coordinator with the Chautauqua County Health Network (CCHN). Through her position with CCHN, she works on a number of projects. Some of these projects…

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Sectors: Economic Development, Agriculture/Food Production, Education, Health/Social Services, Nutritional Assistance

Patricia Hammond has been involved in education, health and nutrition, agriculture, and economic development over the course of her career. In overseeing programs such as SNAP-Education/Eat Smart New York (ESNY)…

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Sectors: Education, Health/Social Services

Shelly Wells is a planner with the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services. In her role, Shelly interacts with community members, organizations, and collaborative groups to better the…

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Sectors: Agriculture/Food Production, Distribution

Sue Abers is a co-owner of Abers Acres in Kennedy, NY. Abers Acres is an organic fruit and vegetable farm, spanning across 100 acres. Abers Acres sells their products through…

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