staff


STUART O'NEILL

EXECUTIVE director

STU [at] roguefarmcorps.org

(541) 951-5105

Stuart hails from the suburban jungle surrounding Washington DC.  Following a strong desire the escape the rat race, Stuart moved to Southern Oregon in 1995 to complete a BS in Geology at Southern Oregon University.

Stuart’s passion for environmental and social justice led him to work as a community organizer on numerous campaigns for over a decade.  His introduction to agriculture came in 2004 when he took an opportunity to work at Boone’s Farm/Siskiyou Crest Goat Dairy.  There he learned first hand the opportunities and challenges of running a small scale, socially responsible agricultural operation.

In his free time, Stuart is most likely tinkering in the garden, jogging in the hills surrounding Ashland, cooking up something in the kitchen, cruising the valley on his bicycle, or exploring the depths of love with his daughter Sadie Luna and partner Kat.


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megan fehrman

education director

megan [at] roguefarmcorps.org

(503) 622-0161

Megan grew up in the heartland and earned her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Wisconsin before heading West.  After exploring several aspects of community organizing, sustainability, and education, Megan earned a Masters Degree at Portland State University, focusing on Community Food Systems and Agroecology.

The last several years, Megan has lived in the Little Applegate Valley on an organic vegetable and seed farm, working as a statewide advocate and educator for socially responsible agriculture.  Over time, the training, educating and assisting of the next generation of farmers has became a major focus, and working with Rogue Farm Corps is a perfect fit. She is now living and working on an 86-acre ranch with her brothers as they establish their farm business and creamery.

Megan is currently serving on the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Steering Council and was a 2013 Toyota Together Green Fellow. When not at work, Megan likes to dig in the dirt, walk in the woods, visit the city, take in some music, and spend time with family and friends.


katy giombolini

south willamette chapter coordinator

katy [at] roguefarmcorps.org

A transplant from sunny New Mexico, Katy Giombolini has spent the last 7 years in Oregon. She came to Oregon to attend Willamette University where she began researching local food in the Willamette Valley and helped start the student run farm.

Since then, she has followed her passion for food and strived to experience different aspects of our food system by apprenticing on a farm in Maine, working with farmers’ markets to increase access for low income consumers to local food, and most recently working at the Berggren Demonstration Farm near Springfield, Oregon.

In her spare time, Katy can be found making messes in the kitchen, racing bikes, and learning new things.


matt gordon

Portland chapter coordinator

matt [at] roguefarmcorps.org

Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Matt grew up helping his parents in the vegetable garden and has always had an affinity for soil.  After a four-year stint at Oberlin College in Ohio for an Environmental Studies degree, Matt returned to the familiar Willamette Valley but this time at its north end in Portland.  He worked as a garden and environmental educator for many local organizations including Growing Gardens and Tryon Life Community Farm.  In 2008 Matt shifted focus and devoted his time to organic annual vegetable production, working with Meriwether’s Restaurant on their Skyline Farm and then on his own farm business: the urban CSA Cully Neighborhood Farm.  Matt loves discovering delicious and vigorous vegetable varieties and sharing them with excited eaters.  He is a member of the Portland Area CSA Coalition and the budding urban farm community in the Cully neighborhood of NE Portland.

Matt is excited to join his love of farming with his love of hands-on education to help Rogue Farm Corps expand in the Portland area.  Matt lives in Portland with his wife, daughter, and small chicken flock.  He enjoys playing African music on guitar, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and getting out of the city.


Jessi Suleiman

Central Oregon Chapter Coordinator

jessi [at] roguefarmcorps.org

Jessi was born in Asheville, NC, and raised on collard greens and black-eyed peas from her mother and neighbors’ enviable gardens. At twelve years old she moved to Colorado with her family. There she discovered a passion for the mountains, snow, rocks, dirt and anything related to being outside covered in earth.

Jessi graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in International Affairs and Spanish. Her love for discovery and foreign cultures has led her all over the world to experience life in many different countries. Since then, her pride in her own homeland has grown tremendously, and with it her desire to weave herself tightly into her own community.

Jessi has worked on a wide variety of farms, from lavender to lettuce, and with each one her love of growing and eating good food has developed into a passion. Often she is found volunteering for Central Oregon Locavore, working on one of the many local farms, or wrist deep in the soil of her own quickly growing backyard garden.

Jessi and her partner, James, have chosen Oregon for its wide ranging natural beauty and scrumptious, inspired food to begin their family.  Their two-year old, Cerridwen, already knows when it’s time to plant seeds in their backyard garden.


Jared Smith

Rogue Valley CHAPTER Coordinator

Jared [at] roguefarmcorps.org

Jared was born and raised on the banks of the Saint Croix River in Minnesota, where he learned to love the rivers and prairies of the great MiddleWest. He studied at The Evergreen State College and later at Saint John’s University, where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science and Sustainable Development. While at Saint John’s, he connected with many local farms and helped launch the city’s first food cooperative.

After college he moved west to pursue the crafts of natural building, permaculture and organic farming. After bouncing around on small-scale vegetable farms and building projects, he landed in the sunny Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon. On his 40-acre farm he lives in community growing food, raising livestock and starting up a soil-to-bottle brewery.

When he’s not running around the valley with Rogue Farm Corps, you can find him down in the hopyard, shuffling things around the brewery or playing in the woodshop. He is passionate about creating a collaborative self-sustaining lifestyle that empowers the mind and moves the body.


 

Nellie Mcadams

farm preservation program director

nellie [at] roguefarmcorps.org

A fifth-generation Oregonian, Nellie grew up part time on her family’s hazelnut farm in Gaston.  She continues to work there in her spare time and her dad is training her to eventually take over.  In addition to working on her family’s farm, Nellie has WWOOFed on farms and ranches from New Zealand to Nepal to France, and worked for two seasons at Dancing Roots Farm, a diversified vegetable farm in Portland.

Nellie is also an attorney licensed in Oregon.  She received a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland.

As RFC’s Farm Preservation Program Director, Nellie is gathering and sharing information on farmland affordability, farm succession, and permanent farmland protection in Oregon, and is researching strategies to help address challenges within these areas.


 

abigail singer

devElopment director

abigail [at] roguefarmcorps.org

Abigail has been engaged in environmental and social justice work since 1998; she has a depth of experience in community organizing, coalition work and group facilitation. For many years, she focused her energies on environmental and climate justice organizing with groups like Rising Tide North America, Mountain Justice, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, and Rainforest Action Network. She has also worked on issues of immigrant rights, indigenous rights, economic justice and food justice, most recently with Sisters Of The Road in Portland. Over the years, her focus has shifted from organizing actions and coordinating campaigns to strategic planning and fundraising work.

Abigail first got introduced to farm life when she spent four years living on a small farm/homestead in the mountains of western North Carolina. She currently lives with a group of friends on a fledgling farm just outside Portland, where she grows medicinal herbs and assists with vegetable production. Abigail is a trained herbalist and medicine maker; she runs a small herbal medicine business and sees clients for one-on-one health consultations.

When she’s not at work or in the garden, Abigail can be found in the woods, seeing friends in town, or subjecting her cats to her amateur ukulele playing. She is a lover of all things wild and enjoys hiking, backpacking, and anything involving the ocean.


 

DUANE MARTINEZ

manager of communication arts

duane [at] roguefarmcorps.org

Duane is of the high-mountain desert of the San Luis Valley in rural, southern Colorado. He moved to the West Coast in 2006.

Duane is an activist and artist. He currently lives San Francisco, though maintains strong ties to his community in the Rogue Valley. While living in Oregon, he volunteered on working farms in the valley and for regional land-use and environmental conservation organizations.

Duane puts his creative mind to work for RFC as a web developer and graphic designer as well as offering general editorial and communications support for the organization.


board

 

Advisory Board

jared pruch - board chair

Jessica Klinke - board treasurer

Maria Kelly - Board Secretary

Tracy Gagnon

Jonathan Steiger

Elizabeth Tobey

 

Erika Geisen

Tracy Harding

Maud Powell