Board of Directors

David Abazs
David and his wife, Lise, own Round River Farm, a solar- and wind-powered farm in Finland, Minn. David and Lise were named “Lake County’s University of Minnesota Farm Family of 2013”. David recently left the management of the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm and the AgroEcology Center to become the executive director of the Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership. This University of Minnesota extension position brings together faculty and students with community leaders to connect research and resources to local needs and solutions in agriculture, food systems, clean energy, natural resources, and community development.

 

Mike Bollinger, Treasurer
Mike and his wife, Katie, own and operate River Root Farm, a certified organic diversified produce and seed farm located near Decorah, Iowa. Their operation includes unheated high tunnels. They partner with Seed Savers Exchange and A.P. Whaley Seed Company to provide quality transplants, seed stock and new trial varieties. Mike has extensive experience in providing training and technical assistance in all aspects of organic farming. Mike is also the Co-Founder and Agriculture Specialist for Four Season Tools.

Sylvia Burgos Toftness
Sylvia and her husband, David, own and operate a 72-acre farm in western Wisconsin where they raise grass-fed beef. Sylvia has extensive public relations experience across many realms. She currently produces and co-hosts Deep Roots Radio, a show that connects the dots between the food on our tables and how it’s grown. She also writes From the Bronx to the Barn, a blog about her journey from city life to farming.

 

Dave Campbell
Dave and his wife, Mary, own and operate Lily Lake Organic Farm in northern Illinois. They grow a variety of small grains, along with corn, soybeans, and hay on their 224-acre certified organic farm. Dave has served on the SARE Administrative Council as well as the Executive Committee of OFARM. In addition, he has served as Founding Board Chairman of the Midwest Organic Farmers Co-op and also Board President of MOSA.

 

Dela Ends, Secretary
Dela and her husband, Tony, have operated Scotch Hill Farm, a diverse family farm and CSA near Brodhead, Wis., for over 20 years. Dela is a founding board member of the South Central Chapter of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, helped launch the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training, and served on the FairShare CSA Coalition board. Dela is also a founding member of South Central Wisconsin Women in Sustainable Agriculture, a core partner in the Soil Sisters farm tour and has hosted multiple In Her Boots workshops and other events for the MOSES Rural Women’s Project.

Clare Hintz
Dr. Clare Hintz runs Elsewhere Farm, a production Permaculture farm near the south shore of Lake Superior in Herbster, Wisconsin. The solar-powered farm features perennial fruits and nuts interplanted on five acres, intensive market gardens, and rare-breed pigs and chickens: most marketed through winter and summer CSAs. Clare is also the editor of the Journal of Sustainability Education. Clare has a B.S. Degree in Biology and Writing, a M.S. in Sustainable Systems with an emphasis in Agroecology, and a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education with a focus on Regenerative Agriculture. Her dissertation was on the persistence strategies of women farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Charlie Johnson
Charlie is the 2013 MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year. He operates 2,400 acres of certified organic corn, oats, soybeans, and alfalfa with his brothers and a son near Madison, S.D. Johnson Farms also has a 200-head cow-calf operation. Charlie served on the board of the Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society for six years, leading it for three. He is active in Dakota Rural Action, South Dakota Farmers Union, and local politics.

 

David Perkins, President
David, his wife, Barb, and their three children established Vermont Valley Community Farm in 1994, a CSA which now has over 2,000 members. Certified organic since 1999, the farm expanded its mission in 2003 to include organic seed potato production. David has spoken across the country on CSA, vegetable production and financial management, and remains committed to assisting beginning farmers. He has served on several boards. Prior careers include legislative budget analyst, agriculture policy analyst and agronomist.

Molly Rockamann
Molly is the Founding Director of EarthDance Organic Farm School in Ferguson, Missouri. With 15 years of experience in sustainable agriculture in the U.S. and abroad, Molly is the visionary who saved the oldest organic farm west of the Mississippi from development, and transformed it into an educational platform for organic agriculture and community empowerment. A native of St. Louis, Mo., she resides in Ferguson near the farm. Her passion for good food includes social justice and equity; she believes that the most regenerative agriculture is inclusive of people from all backgrounds.

Sara Tedeschi
Sara is a certification specialist for MOSA Certified Organic. She owns Dog Hollow Farm in Ferryville, Wis. Prior to joining MOSA, Sara worked for years as Organic Valley’s outreach and education manager. She also has been active in farm-to-school and farm policy initiatives.

 

 

Darin Von Ruden, Vice President
Darin, a third-generation dairy farmer, is president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union and serves on the board of the National Farmers Union. He and his wife, JoAnn, own Von Ruden Family Farm in Westby, Wis., which they transitioned to organic in 2007. They are gradually transferring the farm’s ownership to their son, Brett. Darin is a patron member of the Westby Cooperative Creamery, a founding member of Wisconsin Farmers Union Specialty Cheese, chairman of the Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Guild and a founding member of the Upper Midwest Milk Producers Association.

 

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