Who We Are
Rolling Grocer 19 Team
Audrey Berman - project manager
Audrey provides logistical support to the Coordinator. You can find them at the store signing up new customers or in the office working behind-the-scenes. When Audrey isn't supporting RG19, they are running Long Table Harvest's Gleaning Program and working on the Community Food Hub, a long-term vision of food and social equity in Columbia County.
Briggin Scharf - Outreach and Education Coordinator
Briggin offers her love of regenerative farming and nature-based teaching to RG19. She can be found engaging customers and community members of all ages in interactive cooking demos, assisting with daily store sales, and organizing outreach for RG19 services throughout Columbia County.
Selha "Cece" Graham - Retail Coordinator
Cece has been a business owner in the city of Hudson for over a decade. She brings people-centric work experience and a long-standing passion for food justice to her position as the Coordinator of RG19. Cece began as a member of the Hudson Core Group and is integral to the daily operations and tasks necessary to not only run RG19, but to cultivate a community gathering place revolving around food and nourishment.
Rachel Schneider - Columbia County Partnerships Liaison
Rachel helped to design and implement RG19 project as part of the Hudson Core Group. She supports RG19 by being a “helping hand” on the truck, developing collaborating partnerships and writing grants. She is a Co-Founder of the Institute for Mindful Agriculture, part of the Hawthorne Valley Association.
Michelle Hughes -
Steffen Schneider - Business development Advisor
Steffen’s passion lies in trying to solve the “double affordability gap” in our current food system and growing the Hudson Valley Foodshed. He supports operational and logistical aspects of RG19 and acts as liaison to Whitethorne LLC(the temporary hub of RG19) and the Hawthorne Valley Farmstore. He is a Co-Founder and Director of the Institute for Mindful Agriculture.
Stephanie Lazar - Advisory Group Chair
Stephanie brings her commitment to public health, social justice, and a healthy planet to RG19. Her advocacy experience propels her efforts to realize and reinforce a community that benefits from the good food grown in the region. She chairs RG19's Advisory Group and provides general project support to keep RG19 rolling.
Arlen Medina -
Hudson Core Group
The Hudson Core Group (HCG) is a community-driven action group working to create opportunities for change in the local food system. Made up of a diverse group of Hudson residents, the HCG has gathered together for the last two years to uncover and research barriers to food access, putting forth real-world solutions to increase the health and well-being of our friends and neighbors in Hudson.
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Strengthening communities through philanthropy and leadership.
Our mission is to promote social and cultural renewal through the integration of education, agriculture and the arts. We are committed to environmentally sound land management as the basis for sustainable economic success. By exploring the dynamic relationships among education, agriculture, the arts, economics, and science, Hawthorne Valley hopes to foster sustainable forms of human endeavor that enhance the quality of life for ourselves and for future generations.
Rolling Grocer 19 is a project of Hawthorne Valley Association.
Our mission is to cultivate social and economic equality in the local food system through dynamic and inclusive, and creative collaborations in our diverse, rural community.