Food Chain Staff

Dan Cahill-MathewsLead Facilitating Coordinator.

Dan Cahill-Mathews

My memory of loving food began when I was 2 years old and my Dad taught me how to scramble eggs while standing on a kitchen chair so I could reach the stove. My professional life with food systems began in an abrupt career change from a high school Spanish teacher to the rigors of line cooking in restaurants. It was a pursuit of passion. Fortunately, I found my way into the kitchens of restaurant leaders in the farm-to-table movement. During the summer months, a group of employees from the restaurant would form a “Crop Mob” and volunteer a day of work on a local farm. I volunteered every chance I got. From that moment forward, I recognized the importance of close relationships between local producers and consumers in a sustainable food system. I am excited to combine my experience as an educator with my passion for all things delicious while serving as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Finland Food Chain.

My wife and I moved to the Finland area drawn by the natural beauty of forests and rivers, abundance of outdoor recreation, and a required change of pace from our work schedules. We stay busy working careers in the mental health field, planning our mobile BBQ business (Baptism River Barbecue Co.), selling chips and salsas at the Finland Farmer’s Market, and learning new skills to grow and harvest food, thanks to resources from the Finland Food Chain. As a relatively new transplant to the Finland community, I am excited to immerse myself deeper into this vibrant, resilient, and welcoming community.

Contact Dan Here: dan.c@friendsoffinland.org

Lucy Carlson – General Project Coordinator

Lucy Carlson

Hi all, I’m Lucy Carlson, and I’m a Project Coordinator for the Food Chain.

Food and agriculture became a part of my life when my mom taught me garden as a kid. Since then, I’ve been involved with food or growing veggies in any way I can- cooking, gardening, volunteering and working at farms, or studying ag in school. I recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in food systems, focusing on organic agriculture. I also love to ski, fish, climb, hike, forage and swim in all the rivers and lakes-I feel so lucky to call the north shore my home! I currently have a big garden with fruits and vegetables, but I am hoping to purchase land soon and start my own farming operation here on the north shore.

I’ve had jobs in viticulture, soil science, food service, and more, so I’m excited to bring those experiences to my job here in Finland. I’ll be helping to coordinate and support current projects at the Food Chain, so I hope to see you around! I am truly grateful to be in Finland and get to know you all. Please reach out if you have questions, project ideas or just want to chat.

Contact Lucy Here: lucy@friendsoffinland.org

Abby Rohweder – Wild Rice Project Coordinator

Abby Rohweder

My name is Abby Rohweder and I am very excited to be the new Wild Rice Project Coordinator with Finland Food Chain!

I am a 2021 Graduate of the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities with a B.S. in Food Systems, taking my love for food and where it comes from to a whole new level. Growing up in Proctor, MN, I spent a majority of my time outdoors on the Superior Hiking Trail, fishing one of the many lakes and rivers, cross-country skiing and adventuring in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I am a proud member of the Minnesota Air National Guard as well as a climate activist working with the Eating City International Platform to bring about change starting at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.  I am also grateful to be a part of the Land Access Alliance with the NE Regional Sustainable Development Partnership working to support wild food gathering and create access to land for emerging farmers. 

In my spare time, you can find me out on the hiking trails or biking along the North Shore!

Contact Abby Here: abby@friendsoffinland.org

Katee Ristuccia – Finland Farmers Market Coordinator

Katee Ristuccia

Hey y’all my name is Katee Ristuccia, and I’m so excited to be a helping hand in coordinating the Finland Farmers Market season this year! I moved to the area a few years back and have spent the last 3 summers working on building a little cabin to call home. 

I am continually blown away with gratitude for home to be here in this community and in this beautiful wilderness.  I spent about 13 years traveling around the world engaging in hundreds of communities and I’ve never found a place quite like this here. This area is truly something special that I hold very dearly in my heart.  Now that my major building projects have been mostly completed, I am very enthusiastic to be spending more of my time engaging with the people and land that surrounds me!

I am hoping to be able to spice things up this year and would love to help coordinate more educational demonstrations/live music etc..at the farmers market! Sooooo that being said: please feel free to contact me regarding any questions/concerns/ideas that you may have for this years season! Look forward to meeting folks and sharing good food!!!

Contact Katee Here: katee@friendsoffinland.org