Marne Coit


Marne Coit is a founding and managing member of the company. Marne's work centers on issues relating to food and agricultural law and policy. She has focused on sustainable agriculture and local food systems, including food policy councils, risk management, organic agriculture, contract issues, school and community gardens, and food safety and liability issues facing farmers.


Ms. Coit has experience in various aspects of farming and agriculture, including working on two organic farms. She is a former Staff Attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In this position, she created both the Local Food Systems and the Nutrition Programs Reading Rooms for the Center. During her time in Arkansas she became a founding member of the Arkansas Food Policy Council, and also sat on the Board of Directors of Apple Seeds, Inc., a nonprofit focused on providing nutrition education and support for local food systems in Northwest Arkansas.

Ms. Coit earned her LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law and a J.D. and Masters in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. She has a B.A. from Emory University in Anthropology with a co-major in Human and Natural Ecology. She has been admitted to the Vermont and Arkansas Bars, and is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association. She currently resides in Vermont.



  • Legal Issues in Local Food Systems, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law (Spring 2010) (co-authored with Derrick Braaten).
  • Legal Issues in Local Food Sales, in Family Farm Forum Update: Local Food Systems (USDA-CSREES, Washington, DC), (Oct. 2008).
  • Jumping on the Next Bandwagon: An Overview of the Policy and Legal Aspects of the Local Food Movement, Journal of Food Law & Policy (Spring 2008).
  • Case Study: On-Farm Cheese Processing in Vermont, in A Legal Guide to the Business of Farming in Vermont (Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont Extension) (2006).



  • Food Law: An Introduction & How It Relates to Local Food. Vermont Bar Association, Agriculture Law Day, June 2012.
  • Local Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture in the Farm Bill. Panel on Unlocking the Farm Bill, part of Vermont Law School’s Summer Agricultural Events series, August 2011.
  • Nonprofit Management: Basic Legal Issues. Part of the University of Vermont Extension webinar series on Building Capacity, April 2011.
  • Food, Law and Values.  Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, January 2010.
  • Legal Issues in Local Food Systems. Agricultural Law Symposium of the American Agricultural Law Association, September 2009.
  • Supporting Local Markets: Local Food Systems and Public Policy.  League of Women Voters of Washington County, AR, April 2009.
  • Sales Tax, Market and Board Liability. Farmers’ Markets as a Community Collaboration Conference and Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Farmers’ Market Association, February 2009.
  • Risk Management and Legal Liability: Issues to Consider.  Oklahoma & Arkansas Horticulture Industries Show, January 2009.
  • Legal Liability Issues in Agritourism.  Arkansas Agritourism Initiative workshop, If You Grow It, They Will Come: Agritourism in Arkansas, November 2008.
  • Factory Fields, Hunger, & the Environment, Moderator.  Vermont Law School’s conference Food, Fuel, & the Future of Farming, July 2008.
  • Contract Issues in Direct Marketing Relationships. St. Thomas and St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, for the SARE-funded program “Trade, Tenure and Tourism in the United States Virgin Islands: Understanding the Policy Framework That Will Increase Sustainable Agriculture”, May 2008.
  • Legal Challenges and Opportunities in Direct Marketing. Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference, October 2007.