My name is Andrea Tomlinson, I have been General Manager of NH Community Seafood, since March 2015. I attended the University of Miami and then transferred to UNH where I graduated with a BS degree in Marine Science. I have been working in the field of Marine Science for over twenty-five years. My employment in NH has included the UNH Jackson Estuarine Lab, the UNH Coastal Marine Lab and Great Bay Aquaculture (GBA was the only commercial marine fish hatchery in the US), where I began my career in finfish aquaculture.
Drawn to philanthropy, I spent my post-graduate years doing community development volunteer work in rural Jamaica and later moved on as Nursery Manager on one of the largest and most successful tilapia/freshwater shrimp farms on the island. With this experience, I started my own seafood distribution business in Jamaica, delivering locally grown shrimp and fish to Jamaican-owned seafood restaurants and hotels. I soon realized that selling local seafood was not only a form of income, it was a passion!
In 2002, I moved back to New Hampshire and eventually back to aquaculture at GBA, in Portsmouth. Here, I was both Broodstock Manager and held an administrative managerial role, and started to work in sales. With the unfortunate closing of this facility in 2012, it was time to get creative with my second passion, organic farming. Having grown organic chickens for the prestigious Farm to Table restaurant, Blue Moon Evolution in Exeter as a part-time hobby, this became a full-time endeavor.
I am a true supporter of the local food movement and keeping NH grown food and fish in NH! I believe in these times of over industrialization and a lack of understanding about where our food originates, we need to revisit the logical purchasing practices of our foreparents and buy our food from people we know, close to home!
We are growing each year and plan to continue our progress while supported a larger variety of fisheries here, locally!