The Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) is excited to announce the hiring of Jason Wentworth as its new Executive Director. Wentworth, who has served as Legislative Aide to State Representative Christopher M. Markey of Dartmouth since 2011, brings a diverse skillset to his new role with SEMAP.
“One of my primary focuses since joining the Legislature almost 4 years ago has been working to sustain and enhance agriculture within Massachusetts, and particularly Southeastern Massachusetts,” said Wentworth. “I’m very eager to continue that work as Executive Director of SEMAP.”
Jason started with SEMAP on September 15, 2014. In the first 2 weeks on the job, Jason has been busy visiting local farms and listening to the needs of local growers, connecting with allies across the region, and planning programming for the upcoming fall & winter.
Derek Christianson, Chairman of the Board of SEMAP and owner/farmer at Brix Bounty Farm in Dartmouth, pointed to local agriculture’s experience working with Wentworth as one of many factors why they chose him to captain SEMAP into its next phase. “Jason has been in the fields with many of our region’s farmers already, listening and asking questions, and putting that knowledge to use. He’s been a great advocate and will no doubt continue to work to that end,” said Christianson. He also added that Wentworth’s experiences with budgeting, program management and constituent services will be important as SEMAP continues to strive to support local farmers.
Wentworth noted that his mission and the mission of SEMAP is elementary but of extreme importance. “This effort is going to be farmer driven. We are going to continue to identify how we can best support our local farmers and growers and act accordingly,” said Wentworth. “More people are buying locally these days, and agriculture is still a crucial component of our region’s overall economy. Having said that, farmers know best on what needs to get done. We will continue to build ourselves as the indispensable resource for local agriculture.”
In addition to serving as Legislative Aide, Wentworth was previously employed as Business Manager at UMass Boston, Program Director at ASC English in Boston and LiteracyWorks Entrepreneur at the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board. He has also served as a Town Meeting Member and Member of the Finance Committee for the Town of Dartmouth, as a mentor with SMILES and has been involved with many charitable efforts, most recently running the Boston Marathon and raising money for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.