The VIGA Board of Directors meets monthly, and members are welcome to attend those meetings. Notice of meeting dates, times and locations are sent out to members through the VIGAMail email list. Copies of the board meeting minutes are also available and can be obtained by sending a request to the current Board Secretary.
Current Board of Directors
Emily Rose Scott, Co-Chair
Emily Scott manages the Volunteer Program at the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank and is a co-Chair of VIGA’s Board of Directors. With a BS in Environmental Studies and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, her educational and professional focus is on food systems and food security. Her experience with agriculture is multifaceted but, most significantly, she spent two years with the Peace Corps, in Senegal, West Africa, facilitating micro and container gardening trainings as an Agriculture Extension Agent, and eight glorious months living and working as a farm hand at Pacific Crest Farm, on Maury Island. Although it is said that one cannot call him or herself a true Vashonite prior to ten years of residency, in her three years on the island, Emily is quickly cutting her teeth.
Dan Carlson, Co-Chair
Dan combines small scale farming with interests in metropolitan area development as a sunflower and lavender grower and a university professor in public policy and urban planning. An experienced non profit board member, he was founding chair of Vashon HouseHold and the Vashon Park District. He and his wife Sheri raised their children during the 35 years they’ve lived on the Island. Dan hopes to see near-urban farming become a viable economic endeavor.
Howard Stenn, Treasurer
Howard Stenn is a resource conservation consultant with extensive experience developing practical applications and promotions of sustainable landscaping, water conservation, Low-Impact Development and composting. Stenn Design specializes in design of water conserving landscapes, including the award-winning Waterwise Garden at Bellevue Botanical Garden. Howard has conducted water conservation audits at over 1,500 properties of all sizes and has designed of drip irrigation systems on farms, nurseries and landscapes. Howard has worked as a horticulturist / consultant for Whitney Farms, Cedar Grove Composting Co., WSU Cooperative Extension, Washington Department of Ecology, Seattle Public Utilities, Snohomish County Public Works Department, and public agencies from Vancouver BC to Plano Texas—but never east of the Mississippi. Long ago, he was President of Seattle Tilth for 5 years and Whitney Farms “Doctor Dirt”.
Anthony Winkler, Volunteer Coordinator
Anthony Winkler brings years of experience working with non-profit organizations in King County to the VIGA board. Most of his service has been with performing arts organizations such as Seattle Children’s Theatre, The 14/48 Projects, and Theater Schmeater. In 2010 he had a dietary epiphany that led him to rethink his relationship with food and get his hands dirty growing fresh produce for his family. While he develops some acreage south of Burton into a small CSA farm, he lends his community-building experience to VIGA, working to increase participation in the local economy throughout the island. If you’re motivated to support VIGA with your time and energy let him know at email@example.com, as he is also the Volunteer Coordinator for the organization.
Celina Yarkin, Farmers Market lead
Celina and her husband Joe moved to the island in 2000 with their then baby daughter Adri. After building their house with the help of Joe’s uncle, and a friend from the Antarctic program, they started to bring produce from their large garden to the Vashon Farmers market. That was in 2007, and they have been selling at the market ever since. Their farm has grown, and now they have two green houses, a walk in cooler, a processing shed, a composting structure and a shop as well as two more children. Celina serves on the board because she believes in the power of the market. Their primary income is made at the farmers market and is supplemented by Joe’s contracting work in solar. Celina’s other interests include art, and making sure that their three kids get to all the places they need to go. Occasionally you will hear the Yarkin girls open the market with their bagpiping.
Laura Cherry and her family moved to Vashon Island in the Spring of 2010 with the goal of starting a business to make and sell hard cider. Today, Dragon’s Head Farm is home to over 2000 cider fruit trees, and Dragon’s Head Cider is sold in many stores and restaurants around Washington and Oregon. Laura has a background in project management and consumer product management. She hopes to bring her entrepreneurial spirit to the VIGA organization to help it grow in new ways that will continue to support the agricultural community on Vashon.
Liam Rockwell is a long time islander who returned home after graduating from The Evergreen State College. After participating in agricultural education at Evergreen and at Hogsback Farm as an intern, he started his own farm raising vegetables in 2015 as Cedar Spring Farm. Liam joined the board in 2016, wanting to continue his passion for Vashon Agriculture in new ways.
Fun Liam Fact: His absolute favorite temperature is 72 degrees, as that is the temperature where when biking, you are both warmed by the sun and cooled by the wind simultaneously. Glorious.
Chef, Farmer, and Microbiologist are all attributes that make Dave Hatfield deeply involved in food advocacy on all levels. Dave started Pink Tractor Farm four years ago as a model for sustainable, bio-diverse and carbon-zero farming practices as well as a platform to provide farm-totable experiences and education to the local community. Dave believes that good, clean and healthy food should be accessible to all and not treated as a commodity. Dave Hatfield has been a chef for 16 years including opening his own restaurant and teaching culinary college in central Oregon. In 2010 he attended Slow Food’s Terra Madre conferences in Turin as an Oregon delegate.
Caitlin came to Vashon in 2014 to be an intern at Pacific Crest Farm while she completed applications for Master’s programs in agricultural economics. Turns out she liked farming more than she expected, spent a second season at Pacific Crest, and started her own vegetable growing business out of Cornerstone Farm the following year. She is shifting her business efforts to processing Vashon-grown produce and continues as an employee on a handful of island farms. Caitlin hopes to use her background in community development studies and nonprofit work in small business promotion to contribute to the strength of Vashon’s agricultural economy through her position on the VIGA board.
Caleb Johns, Vashon Farmers Market Manager –firstname.lastname@example.org
Caleb Johns is passionate about facilitating local entrepreneurial businesses to contribute to the community, create a vibrant local economy, and improve the health and sustainability of our world. With a foundation in International Studies and experience facilitating smallbusiness development, he is now entering into his third year as the Vashon Farmers’ Market manager where he has used his experience improving the systems, logistics, and profitability of small businesses to increase the professionalism, efficiency, and profits of his Vendors and of the Market as a whole. His special interests are communication and crisis resolution to establish a healthy relationship between vendors, customers and the market manager, and encouraging the growth of Vashon’s hyper-local movement.
Jenn Coe, Food Hub Feasibility Study Manager — email@example.com
Jenn began her agricultural endeavours growing swamp rice and cassava as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Soon after, she found her true home on Vashon Island and quickly dove into the farming community. She has been a market gardener, farmer/manager at Pacific Crest Farm and founded the Food Bank Farm & Garden program. Jenn is delighted to be working once again with VIGA as project manager for the Vashon Food Hub Feasibility study.
Juniper Rogneby’s, Special Projects Manager — firstname.lastname@example.org
Juniper Rogneby’s interest in farming comes from her love of eating well. She describes herself as a chicken midwife, tiny house builder, chef, and place-based community builder. Originally from the Boston area, Juniper has found meaning and connection in her work with Planned Parenthood, Seattle Tilth, and FEEST Seattle. In her role with VIGA, she is excited to help build capacity and find more occasions to celebrate the farmers, makers, and butchers who drew her to this island in the first place.