Evan Flom ‘14 was hired in December to manage the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for the Bayfield Foods Producers, a cooperative of twenty-two different producers. He manages logistics, marketing, and bookkeeping.
“With so many producers, there are a lot of moving parts,” he said.
He interned with Chris Duke ‘99 at Great Oak Farm, worked for two summers at Hermit Creek Farm, both south of Ashland, and worked at a food shelf in Minneapolis after graduation, where he focused on food access and social justice around food.
Flom was interested in the Bayfield Foods Producers as a way to bolster the local food economy by providing a link from the farmers to the consumers in an efficient way. Bayfield Foods Producers delivers boxes of vegetables, meats, cheeses, flowers, and fruit to 260 subscribers from the Twin Ports region in Minnesota to Ironwood, Michigan, and the Chequamegon Bay region in between.
The region recently voted in a local chapter of the Wisconsin Farmer’s Union. Flom will be representing the chapter in a leadership program, where he will receive training and instruction, attend the national convention, and possibly fly to Washington DC for a lobbying day. “I did not seek out food, farming, and food justice—but it has come together,” he said.