Introducing the folks that have given our Food Web its vision:
Robin Lindsley is a cofounder of Dairy Creek Community Food Web and has worked to link food systems together in Western Washington County since 2009. She has been a co-founder, editor and writer for The Teacher Paper, a quarterly national magazine for educators. She also co-founded “A Teacher Space,” a nonprofit organization that focuses on teaching and learning for families and teachers in NE Portland. She also helped to start the Forest Grove Community School, a public charter school for students age six to fourteen. She is a former State President of the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children, the state’s professional organization supporting early childhood educators. Robin frequently speaks and advocates on behalf of young children and their families in local Oregon communities. She served as the President of the Portland chapter of the OAEYC, and as a former public school teacher for ages four to eight, Robin also is the recipient of a Milken Family Foundation Outstanding Educator Award. For five years, Robin served as a member and Moderator (President) of the Governing Board of the First Unitarian Church of Portland and also chaired its Nominating Committee for five years. She attended Ford Institute Leadership Program’s “Effective Organizations” series in Forest Grove in the Spring of 2013
Vanessa Vandomelen was the Market Manager for the North Plains Farmer’s Market while it was active. Vanessa is active teaching gardening classes while working as a Registered Nurse, a Wound Care Associate and Certified Foot and Nail Specialist. She is an Oregon native who grew up in North Plains, where her first job at age eight was as a strawberry picker in her cousin’s strawberry fields. She also owns Mountaindale Farms where she has grown produce for the past five years. She has participated as a farmer-vendor at the Cannon Beach and North Plains Farmers Market. Vanessa participated in the Ford Institute Leadership Program’s “Effective Organizations” series in Forest Grove in the Spring of 2013 and her most recent accomplishment as a local community leader has been starting a seed swap at the North Plains Community Garden–a project that came out of the FEAST Community Conversation in North Plains, held in March of 2014. Vanessa is a guest columnist for the Gardening section of the Forest Grove News-Times, and she is a member of the Forest Grove Grange.
Amber Wentz is a long time resident of Forest Grove who has been involved with several social service non-profit organizations. An organic landscape care provider by trade, she also tends a vegetable plot at the Forest Grove Victory Garden annually. A lover of animals and nature, she is a life-long spay and neuter advocate. Her interests also include social justice, local food production and accessibility, frugal living and homesteading skills.