Chesapeake Harvest Hires Production Manager Chesapeake Harvest, a fresh produce purveyor located in Easton, MD, is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Beggins of St. Michaels, MD, as its new Production Manager, focusing on educating and enrolling the region’s farmers in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification – ensuring fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible.

Beggins spent over a decade as a market farmer on Maryland’s Eastern Shore before becoming a food-focused freelance writer, educator, and vegetable garden consultant. As director of the You Food Project, an initiative rooted in school and community gardens, Elizabeth facilitated increased awareness of the connection between personal and environmental health. She helped launch the St. Michaels farmers market in 1998 and has served in many capacities including market manager, producer, volunteer and adviser. A graduate of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, she moved to the Bay Hundred in 1993.

Beggins comments, “I believe that our health depends on a keen understanding of what we eat, and that our choices as consumers are vital to sustaining ourselves and our planet.” Chesapeake Harvest, a subsidiary of Easton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), aggregates fresh produce grown by local farmers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, then markets and sells the produce to conscientious buyers in the Baltimore-Washington Metro area. Chesapeake Harvest envisions a regional food production and distribution system that increases sustainable agricultural employment on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and contributes to a vibrant regional economy, enhanced food production, distribution infrastructure, food security and the preservation of farms.

According to Deena Kilmon, Sales and Marketing Director, “Chesapeake Harvest is providing technical and strategic planning assistance to area farmers and Elizabeth will be critical to these efforts. As we work to strengthen a vibrant local food economy on the Eastern Shore producing healthy food bursting with flavor, we are seeking out farmers, partners and like-minded consumers who show our commitment to regenerative agricultural practices that protect the future of the Chesapeake Bay.”

To find out about classes, local outreach programs or how to purchase Chesapeake Harvest products, please contact Deena Kilmon at or on Facebook: The Easton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), formed in 2013, was created to drive economic vitality, smart redevelopment, and business formation in order to foster a healthy quality of life for all generations. The EEDC works towards maintaining Easton’s continued growth as a diverse, healthy and smart town, leading innovation where the land and water meet.