Below you will meet the people who work tirelessly to keep Friends of Family Farmers up and running. Please feel free to contact us at any time should you have questions or want to get involved.
Sarah Peters, Executive Director
Sarah grew up on a small beef cattle farm in southern Indiana, before making her journey west where she fell in love with Oregon. Sarah brings over fifteen years of experience working for and with nonprofit organizations in a variety of capacities, from membership and volunteer coordinator to staff attorney. She is excited to get back to her farming roots through her work supporting FoFF.
Ivan Maluski, Policy Director
Ivan farms in rural Linn County, focusing on pasture raised pigs and other livestock, and has more than a decade of experience working on natural resource policy issues at the state and federal levels.
He helps FoFF accomplish its legislative and policy priorities at the State Capitol in Salem, and often testifies at the Oregon Board of Agriculture, the Legislature and in other venues.
Leah Rodgers, Field Director
Leah applies her dedication, creativity and heart to directing FoFF’s grassroots work through the Farmer and Eater Campaigns, including organizing the popular monthly InFARMation events in Portland. As a farmer and an activist, Leah’s motivation to relocalize Oregon’s food system is inherent in her work in the office and in the fields. Leah has over 10 years of small scale fruit, vegetable and flower production experience. She is co-owner of an urban farm in East Portland.
Erinn Criswell, Office Manager, Membership, Volunteers
While working on an organic farm just north of the Everglades in Florida, Erinn caught wind of of FoFF from a fellow WWOOFer. She moved to Portland to complete a certificate in Urban Agriculture offered at Clackamas Community College and quickly sought out an InFARMation event -and a lifetime FoFF advocate was born. A few months later, Erinn noticed a FoFF internship posting at school, a position she held for six months before officailly joining the team in May 2013. Erinn says, “I adore the environment, purpose, and nature of my work at FoFF. I learn something new daily.”
Sarah Vaile, Ashland - President
Jeanette Logan, Ione – Director
Shari Sirkin, Troutdale – Director
Kendra Kimbirauskas, Colton – Director
Members of the FoFF Board can be contacted by sending an email to info @ friendsoffamilyfarmers.org