Benjamin Bartley

National (2018)

Value Chain Specialist

La Montanita Coop

Hello all.  I'm a Cooperative Extension Educator with Penn State University.  I lead my team's Food Systems and Local Food Programming.  

Prior to this, I was the Value Chain Specialist for La Montañita Co-op, a retail cooperative and regional food distributor in New Mexico.  In this capacity, I identified and facilitated market opportunities for local farmers and ranchers, in addition to providing technical assistance around food safety and wholesale buyer expectations.  

I have more than seventeen years of experience in the food industry, including professional development at the Culinary Institute of America and the University of Vermont’s Food Hub Management program.  I was previously the Food Access Director at the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture in Washington, DC.  I have a Masters of Business Administration from Drexel University and am currently pursuing another masters in Ecosystem Management and Administration.