Justin Chase is a 12th-generation farmer. His favorite crops are those that epitomize the season in which they’re harvested: asparagus in spring; strawberries and rhubarb in early summer; tree fruits and raspberries later on, and then pork and apples, leeks and squash in the fall. But beets are his favorite of all, because they’re loaded with sugar and they taste of the particular soil in which they’re grown more than any other vegetable on Earth.
He advocates regularly for The Governor's Food Policy Council and Massachusetts Food System Collaborative. Before founding North of Boston, Justin was a consultant for several states departments of agriculture and managed the farmer training program at Tufts University. He worked with his family on their historic farm in Newburyport and helped The National Farmers Union in Washington D.C. support farms throughout the country. Justin holds a BA in conservation biology, an MBA from Bentley University, and he's an instructor for Cornell University and the United States Food & Drug Administration.
Jamie Chase cares deeply about food equity and minimizing food waste. Her relationship with the food system began with her earliest memories of standing in a crib at the back of her family’s restaurant, and now flourish in feeding her own family from-scratch-cooking and managing many aspects of the farm. Jamie grew up less than a mile from Justin's historic farm in Newburyport.
She has worked in the food industry most of her life, from soil to table - including growing, wholesale food distribution, industry finance, event planning, retail, and developing community coordination and volunteering efforts at local food pantries. Jamie’s favorite moments on the farm are talking recipes, introducing folks to new foods, and creating safe-spaces for staff and customers alike. Jamie holds a BA in Management and an MS in Organizational Psychology.
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