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. You can reach us in our Salem office at 503-581-7124 or through our general email address info @ friendsoffamilyfarmers.org
Shari Sirkin, Executive Director
After several years on FoFF’s Board of Directors, Shari became our Executive Director in early 2017. She has been a tireless and outspoken supporter of family farmers with a background working in the non-profit sector, as an elementary school teacher, and as a farmer. She and her husband Bryan Dickerson own and operate Dancing Roots Farm in Corbett, OR and have grown vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers for direct market, retail and wholesale customers in the Portland area since 1997.
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 in Oregon. She also worked at the Oregon State Legislature for two years before attending Oregon State University to earn a Masters in Public Policy. Lindsay combines her experiences working with farmers, policymakers and academics to inform her work with FoFF, managing our Oregon Pasture Network program and organizing FoFF’s Farmer and Rancher Listening Sessions.
Natalie Danielson, Organizer
As FoFF’s Central Oregon based Field Organizer, Natalie is working to expand Friends of Family Farmers’ representation for farmers and ranchers east of the Cascades. She works to organize farmer and rancher Listening Sessions and manages our Oregon Farm Link database to help connect beginning farmers with land, job opportunities, and educational resources. As a fifth-generation Oregonian, she feels a strong connection to the land and a desire to serve farmers and ranchers who prioritize ecologically sound practices. She spent many years in 4-H, helping her family grow and preserve much of their own food. After graduating from Oregon State University, Natalie moved east to Central Oregon where she became involved in local food system issues.
Brittney Deming, Portland Area Organizer
Brittney was born and raised in Oregon and has held a wide range of community oriented positions that focus on education of sustainable food systems. She has worked in school gardens to create lifelong vegetable eaters and growers, in winery and resort gardens educating tourists on the delicate balance of Oregon’s ecosystem, and on small family-owned vegetable farms supplying clean food for the Willamette Valley’s bursting food economy. She works as the Portland Metro area Community Organizer focusing on events such as InFARMation and Fill Your Pantry.
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 — Treasurer
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
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 — Secretary
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