Our Board

Our Board of Directors

Eat Local Grey Bruce is managed by a passionate group of volunteer board members, many whom are also producer members of the cooperative.

Our Board of Directors help oversee the big picture of the organization, ensure we stay aligned with our vision & mission, and support our staff.

Amanda Klarer
Amanda is a resilient food systems enthusiast with 15+ years of experience in urban & rural global agri-food value chains. She has worked from seed to palate in value chains and all across different sectors including government, not-for-profit, academia and the private sector experience with the many sides of our food ecosystems.

Jason Hayes
Jason Hayes farms at Burdock Grove Farm with his wife Marcelina Salazar, where they raise chicken, pork and vegetables. These have been on the EL store since it opened, and are now joined by a few prepared foods from their new commercial kitchen. He’s been a board member for the past three years. Eat Local is one of the ways he’s exercising his education in, and passion for, local food systems.

Jen Harrop
Jen Harrop is an experienced finance professional with a focus on commercial credit and debt. She is passionate about food and lives outside Meaford with her family.

Chelsea Vieira
Chelsea Vieira is community Herbalist and all-around plant enthusiast passionate about herbalism, homesteading, beekeeping, wild food, foraging, sustainability, growing your own and the off-grid life, self-sufficiency, yoga, movement, meditation, and writing. When not at home, Chelsea teaches at a local Forest Schools, or works in Sustainable Operations & Development for The Wellness Refinery. Chelsea also runs a podcast and blog called Heirlooms & Herbs which combines all her passions.

Kel Smith
Kel moved from Guelph to Chatsworth in 2020 to run a family home business. By trade, Kel is a software/web/user experience designer turned community organizer focused on building resilient communities with a whole systems approach. Kel has only been a member of ELGB for a few months but has a deep passion for localized food systems and is excited to be part of the solution in Grey Bruce.

Jen Swiger
Jen has been an ELGB member since 2018 and is passionate about eating healthy and supporting local farmers. She works for a local engineering firm doing mapping and land development and assisted the turn-around committee with analysis of ELGB’s delivery service.

Kristine Hammel
Kristine Hammel operates Persephone Market Garden with her family. After growing up on a dairy farm in southwestern Ontario, she spent a while in the city and abroad. But her roots drew her back to the land. In 2009, she started growing vegetables with her Mom. Since 2010, she has been growing her farm, while having 3 kids, and supporting the launch of Eat Local Grey Bruce, including through 3 years on the board.

Linda Swanston
Linda Scott Swanston is a local eater, excited about local food systems. By day she works for Grey County managing climate action initiatives, and in her off hours enjoys exploring Grey County with her family. In the past she was involved in the start of a student-run co-op campus café focused on local sustainable food, and spent summers WWOOFing (volunteering on organic farms for room and board).

Rachel Frisby
My name is Rachel Frisby, I am the daughter of Richard Frisby, the owner of Tansy Organic Apple Orchards. We currently operate a small scale organic apple farm at the top of the escarpment in the Beaver Valley. As farmers we are interested in our local food community and wish to assist in anyway we can. I have a culinary background and a deep interest in ensuring access to healthy, affordable food for our community.