Board of Directors

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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.

 

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 returned to his rural roots in 1994 to create Vermont Valley Community Farm. After a wonderfully successful 24 years of connecting thousands of people to their food, the CSA was retired in 2018. The farm continues its organic seed potato business. Committed to nurturing more CSA farms, David has spoken across the country on CSA, organic vegetable production and financial management. Certified organic since 1999, David is passionate about organic. He served on the FairShare CSA Coalition Board, the Organic Farmers Association Board, and the UW-Madison CIAS council. 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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