Cooking and eating should be joyful acts.
A meal should have vegetables and fruit that are in season, fresh, organic, and come from local farms.
In a future in which everyone can share in these joys.
The founders of Digger Foods started selling local food to low-income people in Boston in 2017. That year, Cathy Wirth, then Director of Agriculture for the Trustees of Reservations, launched the Trustees Mobile Farmers Market. She hired Philip Messier to manage the market in 2018, and Bonny Tsang joined the crew the next year.
In 2022, Philip, Cathy, and Bonny formed Digger Foods with the hope of sharing the abundance of Massachusetts farms with the people of Brockton.
The Digger Foods mission is to make local, organic, and seasonal food available to everyone there. In September 2022, we launched a local food delivery program in and around Brockton. Our goal is to provide food-insecure people with the best fruits and vegetables from nearby farms, all at discounted prices. This way, everyone can experience the joy of cooking and eating locally.
Meet the Digger Foods Team
Bonny grew up in New York City, and began working in small, organic agriculture in Massachachusetts after graduating from Harvard's Kennedy School in 2019. She's back in New York City now, where she serves as deputy chief of staff to one of New York's deputy mayors.
Meet our Board
Philip managed a different mobile farmers market in Boston from 2018 until 2022. He's passionate about fresh, organic vegetables, and finding new ways to use them in the kitchen. He lives in Sharon, MA with his wife and two kids, ages three and one.
Cathy has over fifteen years of experience working on issues across the food system, including food access, hunger and food security, and sustainable agriculture. She is passionate about building strong and equitable food systems for both producers and consumers. She currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of Just Roots, a food justice non-profit based in Western Massachusetts. Previously, she was the Agriculture Program Director at The Trustees, where she oversaw vegetable and livestock farming operations on the organization’s conservation land. She also ran an early childhood obesity prevention initiative out of Northeastern University and managed food access programming at Bowdoin Street Health Center in Dorchester. Cathy has lived in California, where she got her master’s degree in International Agricultural Development at UC Davis and researched food insecurity among farmworkers, as well as in Pennsylvania, where she taught gardening and nutrition education in Philadelphia schools with The Food Trust. She also served as a Fulbright fellow in Ecuador, studying the impact of urban agriculture in Quito. Cathy grew up in Western Massachusetts, and currently lives in Carrboro, NC with her husband and twin six-year-olds. She loves gardening, playing frisbee, hiking, and running around with her kids.
Elizabeth received a BS in Nutrition and focused on community nutrition and education and then spent time as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Currently, Elizabeth is a Human Resource consultant and owns a mobile coffee company, Lady Sunshine Coffee. Food security has been a passion of hers which led her to find Digger Foods as a place to volunteer in Fall of 2022. Brockton has been a critical part of her upbringing and she currently lives in West Bridgewater with her husband, Tom and their dog, Mowgli.
Barbara was born in Puerto Rico but has lived in Brockton since childhood. She works for the Brockton Public Schools as an advocate for immigrant families. At least once every day, Barbara receives a phone call from a new client in search of healthy food to feed their family. Many of these families are recent immigrants who tell her the same thing: they miss the street markets in their home countries, where they could buy fruits and vegetables fresh from the fields of nearby farms.
Janice Johnson-Plumer is a Community Outreach Specialist for Brockton Public Schools, which she has been in the role since 2016. Her primary role is to provide and assist families with the SNAP process. She also works with families who are dealing with food insecurity and housing, which are the major issues affecting many of the BPS families. She is active within her community on a political level as she was elected Vice Chair of the City of Brockton Democratic Committee. Her passion is to ensure resources are available to all and
families should not go without food.
She is also a licensed real estate agent and a group fitness instructor/personal trainer, as she feels everyone should have access to homeownership and be healthy. She has been a lifelong resident of Brockton. She is married to Lawrence Plumer, Jr., and they have one son Quincy who is a student-athlete at Bentley University.