Rachael Ward

Rachael is happy to join FMC as the new GusNIP Project Manager, providing training and technical assistance to farm-direct GusNIP grantees. She brings 8 years of experience in the non-profit sector at the intersection of nutrition, public health, and agriculture. Rachael has been involved in community food systems from the ground up, entering the field through farming and community development work in a refugee resettlement area of Atlanta. She is passionate about tying the fields of food assistance and local food together to create equitable and inclusive environments where fresh, healthy, local food is accessible to all. After completing her Masters in Global Health at Emory University, Rachael worked with several Atlanta based non-profits creating and running programs like farmers markets, community gardens, food pantries, CSA programs, and low-income food co-operatives. She served as the Director of Programs for Wholesome Wave Georgia for four years, managing and evaluating nutrition incentive programs across the state. Here, she tripled the reach of a SNAP matching program to 62 farmers markets and farm stands, expanded and deepened a Fruit & Vegetable Prescription program across 7 healthcare sites, and experimented with several pilot programs to ease access to local food. Most recently, Rachael served as the Nutrition Director at ACCESS, a Community Action Agency in southern Oregon, where she oversaw a regional food bank and programs promoting gardening, cooking education, and community food system development. She lives with her husband and their many fur babies in southern Oregon. In her free time, Rachael can be found with her nose in a book, hands in the soil, or feet following paths through Oregon’s natural beauty. 

Rachael can be reached at (888) 362-8177 ext 706 or rachael@farmersmarketcoalition.org