Manager ~ Mother ~ Local Foods Devotee
The Pickup CSA co-founder and Manager Sarah Smith also manages the Skowhegan Farmer’s Market. Prior to coming home to Maine she worked as the student crew boss of the pastured pork operation and co-managed the garden at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC where she majored in biology. Sarah is a board member on the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFGA). A recent Organic Valley Gen-O winner, Sarah and husband Garin, juggle the demands of three young children, 40 milk cows and three acres of mixed vegetables on their Grassland Farm in Skowhegan.
Entrepreneur ~ Innovator ~ Grain Aficionado
The Pickup CSA co-founder, Amber Lambke and business partner Michael Scholz purchased the historic Somerset County Jail in 2010. After a lot of planning, fundraising, and elbow grease, the Somerset Grist Mill has developed into a hub of food and farm businesses for the region. In addition to launching The Pickup CSA, Amber volunteers with the Skowhegan Farmer’s Market and is the director of the Maine Grain Alliance. Active in revitalizing downtown Skowhegan and committed to the support and development of Maine’s grain industry, she began The Kneading Conference in 2007. Five years later the conference has attracted 2,000 people to its Bread Fair and spawned a Kneading Conference West in Washington State. She left a career as a speech-language pathologist to focus full time on making improvements to the agricultural economy in her area and raising two young children.