Contact Us

Mailing Address: PO Box 339  |  Spring Valley, Wis. 54767

Phone: 715-778-5775  |  Fax: 715-778-5773

General Inquiries:


Our Staff

John Mesko, Executive Director

John has seen all sides of agriculture, from biotech research and fertilizer sales to sustainable, organic production. This diverse background gives him a unique perspective to connect with all types of farmers. John headed the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) before joining MOSES. He and his wife, Lisa, are recent transplants to the Twin Cities. They also own a farm in Central Minnesota.
Read more about John.

AudreyAudrey Alwell, Communications Director

Audrey draws from years of experience in writing, design, and public relations to help MOSES communicate with farmers, organic supporters, and the media. She and her husband live on a small farm near Spring Valley where they raise chickens, keep bees, and tend a large garden.

SarahSarah Broadfoot, Registration Coordinator

Sarah manages event registration and the MOSES database. She has a degree in horticulture and owns a small landscape maintenance and design company in Minneapolis. Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and growing, cooking and eating delicious foods.

Lisa Kivirist, In Her Boots Coordinator

Lisa founded and leads the MOSES In Her Boots project, providing resources and connections for women farmers. She is the author of Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers, and co-author of Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance with her husband, John Ivanko.

Lauren Langworthy, Program Director

Lauren and her husband own 153 acres in Wheeler, Wis. Their diversified family farm includes market gardens, rotationally grazed sheep and beef, high tunnels, berries, hay, cover crops, and wooded areas. When she isn’t in the office or in the fields, Lauren is a visual artist, fiber freak, and nature enthusiast.

Matt Leavitt, Organic Specialist

Matt is a passionate supporter of organic agriculture and holds a master’s degree in agronomy from the University of Minnesota. He worked 8 years as an organic agronomist with Albert Lea Seed, aiding farmers, both big & small, all across the Upper Midwest. He lives with his wife and daughter in South Minneapolis.

Tom Manley, Account Service Coordinator

Tom and his wife own a 40 -acre homestead farm near Spring Valley, Wis. They are working to develop a permanent, woody perennial-based system with alley cropping and grazing. He hopes to someday earn the title of “Gentleman Farmer.” He enjoys running, winemaking, and woodworking.

Jennifer Nelson, Organic Specialist

Jennifer has been supporting organic farmers and teaching since 2005. She and her husband co-own their family flower farm in Plum City, Wis. She loves a bright, beautiful sunflower, being outside with her young son, and growing, cooking and eating good food.

Cathy Olyphant, Donation Coordinator

Cathy has been with MOSES since its early days, wearing a variety of hats along the way. Her years of familiarity with the organization make her a natural at processing all incoming donations, answering the phones and helping behind the scenes. Outside of work she loves birding, photography and life in the woods with her husband.

Bailey Webster, Events Coordinator

Bailey graduated with a degree in horticulture from the University of Minnesota in 2013. She has been a market farmer for a number of years, and owns an 11-acre organic vegetable farm in Prescott, Wis. She loves reading, knitting, and outdoor adventures.

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