Kristen Whitmore is the World PEAS Food Hub Manager at New Entry, overseeing the distribution of fresh, locally-grown produce to over 30 distribution points across the greater Boston area. The World PEAS Food Hub operates a 400-member CSA program, a growing number of low-income food access partnerships, and wholesale accounts with restaurants and institutions. New Entry’s unique Food Hub also provides technical assistance and market opportunities to limited resource, new and beginning farmers, who are the main suppliers of the Food Hub.
Kristen is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Gender Studies. She has worked in a variety of capacities within the food system over the past decade. Growing up she worked at her family’s roadside vegetable stand in western Massachusetts, and as a delivery driver and book keeper for their wholesale produce business operating throughout eastern Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. She then served as an Agricultural Extensionist for the US Peace Corps in Paraguay where she worked with rural farm families to support them in creating more sustainable and productive subsistence farms. She also worked with youth in Paraguay to develop a community garden program, and empower them through activism and volunteerism. Before coming to New Entry, Kristen was the CSA and Market Manager at Warner Farm in Sunderland, Massachusetts, and the Market Manager for the Amherst Winter Farmers Market. Kristen is committed to fostering communities which support local agriculture while promoting food sovereignty. She excels at using participatory approaches to community development to engage farmers and community members in the creation of sustainable local food systems.