Jonah Fertig-Burd

Position title: Owner, InterRooted

Jonah Fertig-Burd is a consultant, facilitator, coach, farmer, cook, and artist.  He is the owner of InterRooted, which co-creates interconnected individual, organizational and systemic transformations rooted in love and liberation. Through InterRooted he partners with the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives as a peer advisor for worker cooperatives.  He is also a farmer and co-owner of Celebration Tree Farm & Wellness Center a multi-stakeholder cooperative in Durham, Maine, growing organic Celebration (Christmas) trees and offering wellness services, retreats, workshops and events.  Over the past 20 years, Jonah has built deep, collaborative relationships; developed new nonprofits, cooperative businesses, and collaboratives; worked in restaurants, food pantries, and farms; advocated for food and farm policies; and helped to grow racial equity in our food system.   He was a Community Partner for Food Systems at the Elmina B Sewall Foundation in Maine.  Previously he was at the Cooperative Development Institute (CDI), as the Director of Cooperative Food Systems, where he worked with farmers, fishers, cooks and food producers to form cooperatives. In 2007, he co-founded Local Sprouts Cooperative, a worker-owned cafe and catering business in Portland.

He’s currently on the board of the Cooperative Fund of the North East, Maine Inside Out, and Land in Common Community Land Trust. He co-founded the Mayor’s Initiative for a Healthy Sustainable Food System in Portland, ME and was a councilor for the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn. He was a 2018 BALLE Local Economy Fellow, 2016 Democracy at Work Institute Worker Cooperative Developer Fellow, Food Solutions New England Network Leadership Institute graduate and Sustainable Food System Leadership Institute graduate.  He loves to cook, make art, play music and walk in the woods.  He lives in Durham, Maine with his wife and two children.