Edible Island Welcomes New Interim Executive Director


The Board of Directors has appointed Oriana Wuerth as Interim Executive Director. Wuerth replaces Wesley Norton, who has taken a position as Manager of Donor Engagement at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.

Wuerth moved to Deer Isle in 2016 to work as an apprentice at Yellow Birch Farm, an organic vegetable and goat dairy farm. She partnered with Edible Island previously as a volunteer.

Wuerth wrote, “I see so many opportunities to support local food producers and create opportunities for young people and food entrepreneurs here on the island and in the broader Peninsula community. I’m excited to work with the Edible Island Board of Directors, staff, and our partners to continue and expand programming that supports and enhances our local food system.”

Speaking for the Board of Directors, Chair Susan Toder stated, “We are looking forward to working with Oriana. Edible Island has some exciting ventures in the works and the entire Board is confident that Oriana brings the right background to be just the right guiding hand to launch these new initiatives and to continue the existing programs already on the agenda.”

Norton served as Executive Director since 2014. He first became involved with Edible Island while working with late founder Ingrid Bengis-Palei to expand programming. Norton played a key role in establishing the organization’s culinary and nutrition education programs for school-age children on Deer Isle. This past year, he worked with Edible Island’s staff and Board of Directors to launch new education programs in public elementary schools in Sedgwick and Brooklin.

Toder also emphasized that the Board has been “very grateful to Wes for his leadership and energy in building our organization from scratch. Edible Island’s achievements are a clear reflection of his ability to create successful programs from the ground up and to work so well across our community and with our partners. On behalf of our Board of Directors, we wish him all the best and we congratulate the College of the Atlantic on a very wise choice.”


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