Sarah McGarrell Assists Somali Bantu Farmers and Chefs Open Cooperative Restaurant in Maine

Pierce Atwood attorney Sarah McGarrell, volunteering with the Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Food Hub, provided the Bantu group of chefs and farmers with the legal assistance needed to form the Isuken Cooperative restaurant in Lewiston, Maine.

The seven Somalian farmers and chefs, faced with a variety of challenges, including language, cultural, and access to capital, needed legal counsel to properly structure, organize, and form this new business venture.

As a former entrepreneur herself, Sarah brings a unique perspective and understands the challenges facing founders and young companies.

The Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Food Hub connects farmers, food-related organizations, and food entrepreneurs with pro bono legal services to help start, grow, and operate their businesses.