Rachael Ward

Rachael joined FMC in January 2020 as the new GusNIP Project Manager, facilitating training and technical assistance to GusNIP grantees working with farm-direct sites. She brings 10 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. 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. In 2018 she moved to the West coast where Rachael served as the Nutrition Director at a Community Action Agency in southern Oregon. Here she directed a regional food bank and programs promoting gardening, cooking education, and community food system development. She now lives with her husband and their many fur babies in Eugene, 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