Renewing the Countryside - Active Board of Directors

Beth Waterhouse
Chair of Renewing the Countryside Board of Directors
Executive Director - Oberholzer Foundation
Beth Waterhouse comes at the world of local foods and small farmers mostly as an 'enlightened' eater, but she also worked with organizations in that sector for 20 years in the 1980s and 1990s.  She was one of the founders of MISA, Minn Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, and head of The Minnesota Project, working with rural communities throughout the state.  Beth has been chair of the Renewing the Countryside board of directors since 2011.  She is currently the executive director of the Ernest Oberholtzer Foundation, upholding the lifelong legacy of Oberholtzer, a wilderness advocate who helped to make the BWCAW a reality.  The organization manages Mallard Island in Rainy Lake.  Beth lives with her husband, Don Maronde, in Excelsior, Minnesota.  

Jean Andreasen
Executive Administrative Specialist - North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Prescott Bergh
Owner - Simply Native Foods
Prescott Bergh has worked in the organic food sector for over 35 years in a widely varied career that has included organic farm and processing inspections, farming grass-based beef, pork and poultry with direct marketing, as a MN Dept. of Ag Sustainable Ag specialist, tropical food ingredient marketing and sales, native foods enthusiast, amateur chef, baker and prairie enthusiast. He and his wife Juliet Tomkins with son Colin are currently growing Simply Native Foods which formulates convenient whole foods from ingredients indigenous to the Americas. Prescott lives on a 107-acre organic farm near River Falls where they are currently renting land to three young couples who raise vegetables for the Twin Cities markets.

Julie Barton
Founder, Co-chair - Plum Creek Initiative
Julie Barton is Founder and Co-chair of Plum Creek Initiative, a long-term, water improvement program that works with rural women. Renewing the Countryside is Plum Creek Initiative’s fiscal agent.  She is a Masters of Public Affairs candidate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. She also holds a Master of Liberal Studies degree and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Metro State University. She has a passion for human rights and also sits on the Board of Directors for Action for Women and Children Concern and Somali Family Services.  She lives in White Bear Lake with her partner, Jeff.