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.
Ivan Maluski, Director
A resident of rural Linn County, Ivan came to Friends of Family Farmers with more than a decade of experience working on natural resource policy issues at the state and federal levels. Ivan has also had diverse experiences with Oregon agriculture, from working summers during high school in Willamette Valley vegetable canneries, to delivering organic produce to Portland area restaurants and stores, to selling at produce and meat at farmer’s markets. In addition to helping FoFF accomplish its legislative and policy priorities, Ivan is an elected board member of the Colton Rural Fire Protection District, and raises vegetables and heritage animals on his farm in Scio, Oregon.
Leah Rodgers, Deputy 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.
Nellie McAdams, Staff Attorney and Next Generation Program Director
A fifth-generation Oregonian, Nellie McAdams grew up working on her family’s 325-acre farm in Gaston, planting hazelnuts with her parents, hoeing young trees, and operating the sweeper for harvest every fall. I n addition to her work on her family’s hazelnut farm, Nellie has worked two seasons on a direct-market vegetable farm in Troutdale, and through WWOOF on farms in Wales, France, New Zealand, Hawaii and Nepal. Nellie is also an attorney licensed in Oregon who received her law degree with a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law from Lewis & Clark Law School. She directs FoFF’s Next Generation Program, which includes the agricultural landlink program, iFarm Oregon, and FarmON!, the Oregon chapter of the National Young Farmers’ Coalition.
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.”
Ryan Gray, Grassroots Organizing Assistant
Ryan recently transitioned from a volunteer to a part-time employee who assists our staff in organizing events and other administrative tasks. Ryan also manages the year-round People’s Co-op Farmers Market and is the bookkeeper for the Woodstock Farmers’ Market. He is also on the Farmers Market Fund Committee and serves on the board of the Oregon Farmers Market Association. Previously, Ryan was the Assistant Market Manager at the Downtown Farmers’ Market in Salt Lake City, organized a CSA and community garden at MIT and dabbled in local food events with the Boston Localvores. When he’s not darting around town, he upholds his status as a hardcore localvore by growing and preserving loads of fruits and veggies at home.
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