Renewing the Countryside - Active Board of Directors

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

Prescott Bergh
Interim Board Chair
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
Vice Chair
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. 


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