Jonah Fertig-Burd

Director of Cooperative Food Systems, Cooperative Development Institute

West Durham, ME

Accelerate Collaboration, Act Local First, Co-Create Policy, Cultivate Connection, Prioritize Equity, Regenerate Soil & Nature, Share Ownership, Shift Capital  |  Business Network / Alliance, Consultant, Food and Agriculture, Rural Community Development, Technical Assistance, Worker Ownership

Jonah helps farmers, fishers, cooks and food producers to form co-ops and networks that grow a prosperous, equitable economy in Maine and the Northeast.

Jonah Fertig-Burd is Director of Cooperative Food Systems at the Cooperative Development Institute. He helps farmers, fishers, cooks and food producers to form co-ops in Maine and the Northeast. He co-founded Local Sprouts Cooperative, Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative, Greater Portland Community Land Trust, Mayor’s Initiative for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System, Cooperative Design Lab and People’s Free Space. He works closely with the Somali Bantu community of Lewiston-Auburn, Maine and has supported the development of New Roots Cooperative Farm and the Isuken Co-op.  He’s currently on the board of Cooperative Fund of New England, Cooperative Maine Business Alliance, Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative and Maine Food Strategy. He co-owns Celebration Tree Farm & Yoga, an organic farm. He is a gardener, cook, artist, and musician.

Jonah graduated from NYU in 1999 with a BA in Art and Cultural Studies. He was a 2016 Democracy at Work Institute Worker Co-op Developer Fellow, 2017 USFWC/DAWI Chapter Network Fellow and a graduate of the Food Solutions New England Leadership Institute and Sustainable Food Systems Leadership Institute in Maine. Born in upstate NY, he moved to ME when he was 7 and now lives with his wife and two kids in Durham, ME.