Election Information 2017-12-31T18:36:48+00:00

The 2016 Annual Membership Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM. This meeting is open to all members and the public; however, only current Market Members at the time of the meeting may participate in the voting process. This year, VAFMA members will be voting on three issues: (1) Voting to approve the 2017 Annual Projected Budget, (2) Voting on Board of Director seats, (3) Voting on proposed Amendment to the by-laws pursuant Section 4.2.

Please take time to review the issues being voted on.:

2017 Annual Budget

Amendment to  By-laws

Board of Director Nominees posted below: 

There are five Board of Director seats open for nomination for the 2016 election. All terms for the newly elected board members will end December 31, 2018. Information on the current nominees for each position are below. If you wish to nominate yourself OR another person, please contact our President, Kate Ruby @ president@vafma.org; include the name of the person, the board position being nominated for, their market affiliation if relevant, and a profile picture & short bio. Members will also have the opportunity to make nominations from the floor the day of the vote. 

SECRETARY: 

Meredith Ledlie Johnson manages the Food Access and Availability Initiative for Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program. This program is designed to ensure that all Virginians have access to enough healthy, culturally appropriate food in their communities through increasing access to farmers markets, gardening, and healthy retail outlets. Meredith holds a Masters degree in Social Work with a concentration in community organizing from Hunter College, CUNY. Before living in Virginia, Meredith worked as a farmers market manager for Greenmarket in New York City and as an urban park advocate with New Yorkers for Parks. Meredith is excited by the possibilities offered by the local food movement to strengthen the resiliency of Virginia’s families and communities.

CENTRAL REGION:

Elizabeth Borst is an experienced Farmers Market Manager and SNAP EBT Program Director, piloting one of the first successful nutrition incentive programs in Virginia at the Spotsylvania Farmers Market. As a Wholesome Wave partner, she has worked to proliferate SNAP redemption at farmers markets in the Fredericksburg region and at the state and national level. Elizabeth is formerly Market Manager of the largest market in the region. She worked to form The Farmers Market.Co, a regional market network, to increase fresh food access throughout the community. She has provided statewide SNAP EBT training and consultation, and has started new markets to build local food sales and new programs to increase fresh food access. Elizabeth had a prior career in development, marketing and communications with companies such as Verizon and AT&T. She holds a BA in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

NOVA REGION: 

Mary Haskins grew up in Maine where she enjoyed regular farm trips. As an adult, she became enamored with farmers markets and has frequented markets on all her travels. Mary has farmed in Virginia for 10 years and is a veteran of multiple farmers markets. She has also served as the Outreach Coordinator for Loudoun Valley HomeGrown Markets Cooperative (LVHMC) for the past three years. LVHMC is a producer-only organization that runs five summer markets and two winter markets in Loudoun County. Mary’s responsibilities include: managing special events, the children’s program, social media, and marketing. When she isn’t working at the market, she is visiting and photographing other local markets.

CAPITAL AREA REGION: 

Kim Usry is a Richmond Virginia native who grew up spending her weekends on her grandfather’s black Angus farm. After college in Florida studying Mass Communications, and a stint in California obtaining a certificate in Advertising Arts and Design, she returned to Virginia to manage that same farm for 15 years while working in public relations & advertising. She successfully pursued IT Project Management which led to IT Recruitment. Kim is an entrepreneur at heart and now managers two Richmond farmers markets and owns and operates a rainwater harvesting company. She loves her dogs, gardening, beekeeping, cooking and relaxing. Kim also participates with the Capital Area Farmers Market Association.

BLUE RIDGE REGION:

In 2010, Dorothy McIntyre questioned why there wasn’t access to fresh local food in the Forest, VA area.  After contacting Bedford County with that question, a successful alliance began and the Forest Farmers Market LLC opened. The market started out as a seasonal event with eleven vendors and became the areas first producer-only market in 2012. As the market Owner & Manager, Dorothy collaborates with the community and County at a variety of levels and receives monetary or in-kind sponsorship from several civic groups such as the Department of Economic Development, the Board of Supervisors, the Division of Park & Recreation, and the Agricultural Board. She also works with the local Animal Rescue Program, the Bedford Community Health Foundation, and the Society of St. Andrew. Dorothy ensures there is little waste and the Society of St. Andrew’s provides volunteers who glean the market at the end of every market day. This collaboration ensures that fresh local food is distributed to those in need. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and pets and taking care of her bees; she is an avid beekeeper and a novice gardener.

 

See Election Ballot Below: 2016-VAFMA-Board-of-Directors-Ballot