Executive Director

Edith murnane

edith@massfarmersmarkets.org | 781-893-8777

From farm to farmers markets, from restaurant kitchens to food enterprises, from school food to city government, Edith has worked to develop food systems that support farmers, food businesses and all enterprises along the food chain while creating food access for Massachusetts residents.

While a part of Mayor Thomas M Menino's administration, Edith established the Office of Food Initiatives. Under her stewardship, various food programs were launched including Boston’s Micro Urban Farming Initiative, the City’s Urban Agriculture Re-zoning work, the city's Restaurant Roadmap, the Food Truck Initiative, and the city's Food System Resiliency Initiative.

While at the city, Edith streamlined the permitting process for vendors at farmers markets, brought about permitting changes at Boston’s Inspectional Services Department, Health Division, that has allowed local, day-boat fish to be sold at Boston’s Farmers’ Markets, for the first time in decades, and launched the city's composting pilots.

On the national stage, Edith was integral in launching the US Conference of Mayors' Food Policy Task Force, positioning Mayor Menino as its chair. The task force successfully lobbied Congress, leveraging the voice of the entire US Conference of Mayors to affect policy changes in the US Farm Bill. These policies will generate a broad economic impact on cities and towns across the United State while fostering better public health.

Edith joined the Mayor's office from Community Servings, a local not-for-profit food and nutrition program that provides services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. While at Community Servings, Edith built a farmers' market, inaugurated the first Community Supported Fish (CSF) program in Boston, established a UN-supported demonstration garden, and oversaw the organization's school and senior meals programs.

In addition to her work in at Community Servings, Edith has worked at a variety of restaurants and catering establishments, was the chef/ owner of The Cantata in Jamaica Plain, was a frequent vendor at a number of local farmers' markets and sat on the Board of the now newly opened Boston Public Market.

Since leaving the Mayor’s Office,  Edith has consulted on a number of statewide initiatives, such as Big Picture Beef, the Local Tomato Sauce Project, Women in Meat Northeast and the Worcester Public Market.



Anna Deria

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Janet Knott

janet@massfarmersmarkets.org | 781-893-8222 x 1001



Joe McILWain

coupons@massfarmersmarkets.org | 781-893-8222 x 1003



Farah Ahmad

farah@massfarmersmarkets.org | 781-893-8222 x 1005



Barbara Slattery

finance@massfarmersmarkets.org | 781-893-8666



rosa Hsu

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Our Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • President - F. Marie Morisset, Senior Strategy Consultant Partners Brigham Health

  • Vice-President - Ed Eglitis, Fresh Food Sales & Marketing

  • Interim Treasurer - Allyson Reed, The Wilder Companies

General Board

  • James Arena-DeRosa, former Eastern Regional Director USDA Food & Nutrition Services

  • Cindy Chabot, Market Manager, Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market, Melrose

  • Sharon Ferraguto, formerly Mystic Valley Elder Services

  • Barbara Hamilton, Hamilton Orchards, New Salem, Massachusetts

  • Eileen Hingham, W by Worth

  • Julia Shanks, Julia Shanks Food Consulting [The Farmer’s Edge] and Author
    [The Farmer's Office, The Farmer's Kitchen and The Farmers Market Cookbook]

  • David Webber, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Fellows & Board Advisors

  • Priya Krishnamoorthy (Net Impact Board Fellow, Market Operations)

  • Iwona Matczuk (Net Impact Board Fellow, Market Operations)

  • Patrick Costello (Board Advisor), Chair, Fuller Craft Museum Board