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Meet Your HAFA Staff!!

Posted on September 23rd, 2019 by Leah Peterson Sisler
Meet Bailey Webster
HAFA Food Hub Director

Bailey has been farming in one way or another for the past 12 years. Since 2008, she has worked on six organic farms - both nonprofit and for-profit operations. She also ran her own mixed vegetable farm for two years. Prior to starting at HAFA, Bailey worked as the events coordinator for Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).

At HAFA, Bailey's first order of business is running the Food Hub program. But, as is typical of small organizations, she finds herself wearing many hats: from making produce sales to packing the truck and making deliveries, not to mention cleaning the pack shed, coordinating spaces for curing and storing fall crops, and providing key training and support to HAFA farmers.

She enjoys this last bit the most:

"Working with the farmers at HAFA has changed my life, giving me a different perspective on the world. I love selling their produce and seeing what a difference it makes for them."

Bailey admits she is one of those people who "works for fun". But in her spare time, she also loves biking, cooking, reading, and occasionally binge-watching Netflix. Her media recommendations? She's really enjoying Paradise by Toni Morrisson, and "Outlander" is her guilty Netflix pleasure. :)  

Bailey holds a B.S. in horticulture from the University of Minnesota, and currently farms her own land part-time, growing 13 varieties of garlic. which she sells mostly to friends and family.