Chelsi Bennett


Chelsi Bennett Chelsi Bennett, J.D. currently serves as the Virginia Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association. She has a wealth of experience from both serving as a staff person for an elected official and having served as an elected official herself.  Mrs. Bennett began her career working for a global company with offices [...]

Rebecca Rowe


Rebecca Rowe Rebecca Rowe traded cannolis and cappuccinos for banana pudding and bourbon when she moved from upstate New York to Richmond, Virginia. Rebecca has degrees from SUNY Geneseo and Texas A&M and more than 20 years of experience in Community Revitalization programs. She lives on the Northside of Richmond with her husband and rescued [...]

Cheryl Bursch


Cheryl owns a home in Petersburg with her husband Troy. She has been the Manager of River Street Market in Petersburg since July 2017. She is a State Certified Horticulturist and Master Gardener. Cheryl started at farmers markets while working for Agriberry Farm in 2016. She was also a customer of the CSA Seasonal Roots [...]

Sarah Showalter


Sarah Showalter and her husband, Shannon, are second-generation owners of Showalter’s Orchard & Old Hill Cidery in Timberville, VA. Sarah describes herself as: wife, mother, farmer, and business owner in this order because this is the order that she has stepped into these roles over the last 30 years. She is one part of a [...]

Ann Vargo


Ann Vargo Ann has worked as a FCS SNAP-Ed Agent in the SE District-Greater Richmond area since 2010. She loves farmers markets and has worked with markets her area for the past 5 years, helping to promote SNAP and encourage buying local produce. Ann loves to prepare and share tasty recipe samples to market goers [...]

Renee Boyer


Dr. Renee R. Boyer Professor/Extension Specialist | Department of Food Science & Technology Dr. Renee Boyer is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the Food Science & Technology department at Virginia Tech.   Her research program focuses on enhancing the quality and safety of fresh produce through pre and post-harvest interventions, as well as researching, developing [...]

Anne Herring


Anne Herring Anne Herring, a native of Rockbridge County, Virginia, began her career with USDA/Rural Development (RD), (then called Farmers Home Administration) in October 1987, as an Assistant County Supervisor/Agricultural Management Specialist in Farmville, VA.  Since that time, she has held a number of positions in various locations, and is currently a Community Solutions Specialist [...]

Emily Flippo


Emily Flippo Project Manager Office of Agriculture & Forestry Development Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Emily Flippo joined the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in December 2018 as a Project Manager in the Office of Agriculture & Forestry Development. Emily works to promote economic development in Virginia's agriculture and forestry sectors [...]

Heather Wheeler


Heather Wheeler Business and Marketing Specialist, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Heather Wheeler is the Virginia Grown Program Manager at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services where she partners with producers, farmers market managers, farmers market vendors and buyers across the state of Virginia to promote fresh, local products and to [...]

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