The people you can rely on at the Food Hub


Shon Rainford


As Director for the Worcester Regional Food Hub, Shon Rainford provides strategic leadership, as well as day-to-day oversight of all aspects of the Food Hub’s core operations.  Shon also provides business consultation and food safety training to food entrepreneurs.

Shon teaches ServSafe Food Safety Manager courses and proctors the exams. He is also trained in HACCP and Better Process Control School to assist entrepreneurs in the creation and monitoring of their food safety plans as well as prepare for municipal or state food permits.

Shon joined the Food Hub in February 2018 after leading teams at Heifer International, an organization that works with small farmers around the world to end hunger and poverty, as well as Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark in Charleston, South Carolina.  Prior to joining the non-profit world, Shon owned and operated a small retail business.

Shon is passionate about local, healthy food and supporting small farmers and businesses.  He lives with his wife and four children on a small farm in Rutland, Massachusetts.


sales manager
joey hersh


As Sales Manager, Joey collaborates with farmers and food service professionals, which helps to foster more robust distribution chains for small farmers. Joey also assists in the day-to-day operations of our kitchen space while contributing to graphic design and social media support. 

Joey has lived in Central Massachusetts for over a decade and developed an interest in food systems while enrolled in the Clark University Community Development and Planning graduate program. Prior to working at the Food Hub Joey explored many facets of the wine industry, most recently getting his hands dirty working at wineries in France and California. Joey has been a part of a broad range of community-based projects in Worcester, including helping plan a community bioshelter (or specialized greenhouse), managing an art gallery space and conducting research about our urban trees. 

Joey has spent the last few years traveling in far reaches of the world and in his spare time, Joey loves to garden, cook chaotically and kayak.