About Little Big Farm Foods

Gus Bybee, Fern Phillips, Ashley Bush


Gus Bybee, Fern Phillips and Ashley Bush saw an opportunity to combine their operational, sales, marketing, research and development and quality assurance skills to create a state-of-the-art dry mix facility in southern New Hampshire. The three believe in product quality and operational integrity and worked hard to design and build the facility to produce top quality, all natural, safe, traceable dry mixes.

Little Big Farm Foods Management Team

Nancy "Fern" Bennett Phillips, CEONancy "Fern" Bennett Phillips, CEO

Ms. Phillips brings over 30 years of Consumer Packaged Goods marketing, advertising and entrepreneurial experience to Little Big Farm Foods. Ms. Phillips has been a marketing consultant for the last 10 years to clients ranging from the Time-Life Money Brand and Avery-Dennison, to UNH Athletics, SmallRock Designs, Smart Thot LLC, and High Liner Seafood.

Prior to consulting, she owned Womanswork, Inc., an internationally marketed line of proprietary gardening and work gloves, which she sold to a New York concern.

Prior to acquiring Womanswork, Ms. Phillips was Marketing Director for the Procter & Gamble/ Noxell Corporation.  As an advertising executive in New York City, she worked in Account Management at NW Ayer on the Nestle Account (Coffee and Chocolate Divisions) and on new products for Gillette (Skin Care Division).  Before NYC, Ms. Phillips was in San Francisco where she was Media Director and an Account Executive on resort and financial accounts.

Ms. Phillips earned an AB in Liberal Arts from Dartmouth College.

James "Gus" Bybee, COOJames "Gus" Bybee, COO

Mr. Bybee brings over 13 years of financial and general management experience to Little Big Farm Foods.

Mr. Bybee began his General Management experience with the Arizona Pistachio Company in Tucson, where he was responsible for all production, packaging and sales operations in addition to accounting and HR. 

Prior to being a general manager, Mr. Bybee was Chief Financial Officer for a homeowners association in Tucson.

Mr. Bybee earned a double B.A in Business Administration and Business Management from the University of Phoenix, AZ.

Barbara Ulen, Director, Research and Development/Quality AssuranceBarbara Ulen, Director, Research & Development/ Quality Assurance

Ms. Ulen is a seasoned food industry professional with 30 years’ experience in product development, FDA regulatory compliance and sales. Ms. Ulen has worked on all sides of the culinary/food science experience, including most recently developing Bell, Book and Ladle, her personal chef and catering business.

Before starting Bell, Book and Ladle, Ms. Ulen was employed at Hershey Foods Friendly Ice Cream, H.J. Heinz Weight Watchers, Unilever-USAs Good Humor Breyers Ice Cream, Ken’s Foods, A&B Ingredients, Degussa Texturant Systems and High Liner Foods.  In addition, she is an accomplished baker and culinary expert.

She is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists, serving among other appointments on the executive committee. She is certified in Crosby Total Quality Management and is a trained Expert Taster.

At Little Big Farm Foods, Ms. Ulen develops and scales up original, on-trend formulations as well as re-engineers formulations, always with a sensitivity to project budgets, target consumer and brand sustainability. Ms. Ulen conducts nutritional analyses to insure accuracy of nutritional panels, ingredients declarations and allergen statements.

Ms. Ulen has both an M.S. and a B.S. (cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Margot Levis Thompson, Director, Marketing & SalesMargot Levis Thompson, Director, Marketing & Sales

Ms. Thompson has been a food consultant and entrepreneur for the past 20 years. Her epicurean curiosity has taken her around the world, where she has tasted and trained with some of the top chefs in the world, most recently with Patricia Wells in Provence.

She gained her marketing and sales experience at the Port Canvas Company, a premium canvas soft-goods developer and manufacturer in Kennebunk, Maine. Ms. Thompson has run the company as President for over 17 years.

A true “foodie” at heart, Ms. Thompson is working on her first lifestyle cookbook, to be published in 2012.

Ms. Thompson pursued a liberal arts program at Dennison College.