Jen Levin started with GMRI in early 2009 as manager of the new Sustainable Seafood Program, which was established to catalyze and support the evolution of economically and ecologically sustainable fisheries in New England through the creation of market incentives. Working with all parts of the supply chain, from fishermen to processors to retailers, Jens focus is on discovering chain-of-custody and certification systems that enable and motivate the sustainable seafood marketplace.
With a career focus on sustainable use of renewable resources, Jen is driven by the fundamental belief that good environmental and business practices go hand in hand. Jen has previous experience promoting hunting and trapping and advocating sustainable forestry initiatives. Through her work at the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Jen gained an appreciation of the complexity of New England fisheries and seafood supply chains. Jen gained experience with a national cooperative marketing campaign, managing the market research and education programs for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.
Jen earned her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine.
Lois’ Natural Marketplace is a locally owned organic and natural products marketplace in Scarborough, Maine. It offers an eco friendly and exciting natural foods shopping experience.
Opened in 1993, Lois’ Natural Marketplace is now celebrating its 18th year of serving Scarborough, as well as the greater Portland, Maine region.
The Marketplace enjoys a loyal following of local residents and summer visitors to the coast of Maine. Lois’ Marketplace has a national reputation with its customers and within the network of natural foods stores across the country. Lois’ is often first to bring new products to the public; several national brands of natural foods started out on the shelves of Lois’.
Lois’ Natural Marketplace offers hundreds of local and regional products, as well as other organic and top quality foods from around the world. Farm to market at Lois’ often means that the produce being delivered at the back door was picked that morning! Year round selection of seasonal and regional favorites from local Maine farms.
The owners are actively involved with the Marketplace. They bring over thirty years of passion for eating organically grown foods within a holistic diet. Their background in organic foods is rooted in the co-operative natural food movement of the 1970’s. They personally source many of the products in the store and recipes used in the award winning cafe-deli are family favorites.
Their mission for bringing organic foods to the local community has taken them to organic vineyards in Italy and Spain; the Costa Rican mountains to visit an organic ginger and turmeric farm as well as organic vineyards and farms back home in Maine. They have personally inspected facilities around the country for products that bear the Lois’ brand name.