August 30th, 2016

Welcome our new VISTAs!

by Amy Crone

MDFMA is happy to welcome two year-round members from Hunger Free America’s AHOC Corps as part of the VISTA program. Nate Charnas started with us in July and Yael Ben-Chaim joined the team in August.

Nate joins us from the New York resettlement office of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where he assisted clients with federal benefits programs as well as budgets. A San Francisco area native, Nate completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, so is returning to Baltimore to join us this year.

Yael joins us from Goucher College, and has experience working with farmers markets in Massachusetts. She recently completed time abroad in Costa Rica, and returns to Maryland to focus on health community based work with our team.

We are thrilled to have them as part of MDFMA, and each will help with supporting our work in particular ways. Nate will work on outreach strategies and community engagement, while Yael will focus on helping us develop nutrition education resources to coordinate with our other programming. Both will be attending conferences, training opportunities, and other areas for professional development over the course of the year, so you’ll likely see them at events. Please help us welcome them!


About the Author Amy Crone Amy Crone

Amy’s passion for food starting in her aunt & uncle’s garden, a lovely log cabin by a NH lake where she first learned to preserve and pickle. She has always wanted to help people, and completed her degrees in international development in hopes of combining this interest with her love of travel. After working in the field of international development, then in federal government, then in a think tank, and then in state government, Amy decided that she wanted to explore explore her entrepreneurial interests. These included: starting a nonprofit (MDFMA), developing a national technology solution to provide farmers market and farmers access to accepting SNAP, building several websites, and becoming a Board member in local organizations. She is happy to be able to follow her passion of improving local food systems and the health of all Marylanders by getting them to buy more fresh local food at Maryland farmers markets. Amy’s other main interests are her husband & 2 children, Crossfitting, and traveling to any location that has interesting and delicious ~preferably local~ food.