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Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) hires new leader

Kaitlyn Riley

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Lori Stern has been hired to head the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), a nonprofit in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, that is nationally recognized for hosting the country’s largest annual organic farming conference.

Stern now heads a team of seven employees, five on-farm specialists, and contract staff who provide training, resources, and practical advice to farmers.

Lori Stern is the new executive director at MOSES.

“Lori is a passionate advocate for organic and sustainable food systems,” said David Perkins, president of the MOSES Board of Directors. “We’ve been very impressed with the breadth of her experience and the skills she brings to MOSES.”

Stern has a master’s in education with a focus on adult learning and organizational development. Her background includes work on public policy related to community and environmental health, social justice, and food access. In 2014, she embarked on a new venture to “walk the talk” of building community around a just, inclusive, and local food system by opening Cow & Quince, a community-supported restaurant in New Glarus, Wisconsin. Due to the pandemic, she recently closed the restaurant.

Stern and her wife, LeAnn, live on a small farm near Monticello, Wisconsin, where they grow vegetables and raise chickens and goats.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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