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.
Shari Sirkin, Interim Executive Director
Shari and her husband Bryan Dickerson own and operate Dancing Roots Farm, a 10-acre ecologically focused farm in Corbett, OR. Since 1997 they have grown vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers. For 18 years they ran a CSA, but now market primarily to Portland-area restaurants, wholesale outlets, and to other farm CSA’s. They also host Farm-To-Table dinners and tours on their farm. Shari has been a tireless and outspoken supporter of family farmers and comes from a background of working the non-profit sector and as an elementary school teacher.
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.
Lindsay Trant, Organizer
Lindsay found her passion for agriculture during her four years working on CSA farms here in Oregon. She also worked at the Oregon State Legislature for two years before attending Oregon State University to get her Masters in Public Policy. Lindsay is looking forward to combining her experiences working with farmers and policymakers in both professional and research settings in her work with FoFF, and will be managing the Oregon Farm Link and Oregon Pasture Network programs.
Rebecca Fredlund, Office Manager
Rebecca found a love for animals and gardening during childhood as her family raised livestock and grew produce. She later received a degree in Veterinary Medicine and worked as a veterinary technician for nearly a decade. She later discovered a calling in food culture and sustainability that led to a second degree in Anthropology, focusing on food in culture and social justice. Rebecca, her husband, and their young son work towards self-sufficiency in raising and growing more and more of their food each season. Rebecca feels connected to, and advocates for family farmers and our community’s food wellness. This has led her to first volunteer with, and then become the office manager at Friends of Family Farmers.
Sarah Vaile, Ashland — President
Sarah is an attorney in private practice in Ashland, Oregon, working primarily in the field of estate planning and administration. Sarah has worked as Staff Attorney/Program Director for non-profit Rogue Advocates, as an attorney with Southern Oregon Public Defender and as Law Clerk for Klamath County Circuit Court. Sarah earned her JD at Pace Law School in New York where she focused on environmental law and sustainable agriculture.
Kendra Kimbirauskas, Scio — Secretary
Kendra is an Oregon-based farmer and Co-Founder of Friends of Family Farmers. Kendra grew up on a Midwestern dairy farm, graduated from Michigan State University and became a community organizer working with farming communities impacted by industrial-scale factory farms. Kendra’s work took her to rural communities in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota until she moved to Oregon in 2003. In 2006, she started a small farm and began consulting work. Kendra and her husband currently farm 70 acres near Scio, Oregon where they raise heritage breeds of pigs, goats, chickens and turkeys.
Greg Malinowski, Washington County — Director
Greg and his brothers own 60 acres of farmland in Bethany, growing organic hay and beef. Greg is currently in his second term serving as a Washington County commissioner.
Hank Keogh, Corvallis
Hank started Avoca Seed Farm in 2010, growing organic open-pollinated specialty vegetable seed crops. He met his wife, Jo Erikson, in 2012 at the Organic Seed Alliance conference. They now manage 7 acres at Avoca together to grow certified organic seed crops for Wild Garden Seed and Adaptive Seed. Born and raised in Corvallis, Hank holds a B.S. in horticulture from Oregon State University. Hank is the breeder of Dazzling Blue Lacinato Kale.
Susan Richman, Willamina
Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of California with an emphasis in Equine Studies. Based in Willamina, Oregon on Belle Mare Farm, Susan focuses on sustainable farming, community stewardship, and personal growth using the dynamic practice of Baptiste yoga to spark the integration of all three into a new way of living and healing this precious planet. Susan farms with draft horses, grows heritage bread grain, pasture, and beef.
Members of the FoFF Board can be contacted by sending an email to info @ friendsoffamilyfarmers.org