Jess Weiland, Food & Farm Director
Jess is fueled by the belief that food is a medium to improve civic engagement and that many problems can be solved over a shared meal. She has a degree in Nonprofit Management and Global Studies, grew up on a tree farm, and operated a diversified vegetable CSA farm nestled in southeastern Wisconsin. As a former vegetable grower, Jess is devoted to building community through the support of local agriculture and is excited to bring that enthusiasm to Central Oregon. She is also a professional bread baker, harbors a serious love of plants, and has worked with several food advocacy non-profits on improving food access. Jess is happiest when traipsing in the woods or on an adventure in the kitchen.
Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer citizens representing various sectors in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, and represents various sectors in the food system.
- Farmers and Ranchers
- Food Business
- Hunger Relief
- Community Health
- Land Use
- Local Government
- Community At-Large
Co-Chair: Jane Sabin-Davis
Co-Chair: Dana Martin
Secretary/Treasurer: Shannon Sbarra
Membership Director: Katrina (Katy) Van Dis
Whole Foods, Deschutes County (Jan ’18)
Becca is the Marketing and Community Relations Liaison for Whole Foods Market. Becca grew up in Bend and believes in the power of healthy food access for all. Becca took a break from marketing in the Portland radio industry and did something completely different for eight years, baked bread and pastries for local bakeries. In returning to marketing with Whole Foods, she sees the great opportunity to promote healthy organic eating and connecting to the local farming community. Her quiet time includes hiking trails with her 2-year-old, Davy, on her back.
Carly Sanders – Hunger Relief
tri-county (Jan ’19)
Carly is the Food Bank Manager for NeighborImpact. She is committed to the organization’s mission to increase access to fresh, local food in Central Oregon. She wants to provide opportunities to increase the awareness of and the need for disadvantaged Central Oregonians to gain greater access. Carly will collaborate with HDFFA’s Food Recovery Program to assure that available fresh, local food is delivered to local food pantries and kitchens.
(Jan ’18) Chelsie is the Wellness & Community Programs Specialist for PacificSource. It’s important to her to follow the mission of providing better health and care by actively participating in efforts to improve our communities. She’s passionate about real food, supporting our local farmers, and feels it’s vital to teach other where food comes from. She has the pleasure of implementing programs in her role to do just that. Some of her favorite reads are by Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin and in her spare time she enjoys building up her small farm, the outdoors, and yoga.
Dana Martin – University
OSU Extension Service – tri-county (Jan ’18)
Dana serves as Outreach and Engagement Regional Administrator in Central Oregon for Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties and Warm Springs. She has been with Oregon State University since 1998, serving as Deschutes County Extension Staff Chair and covering program areas of Agriculture/Small Farms and 4-H Youth Development. Dana was reared on a small family farm in Southeast Oregon. Prior to working for OSU Extension, Dana traveled the country as a freelance feature writer, contracting with various agricultural publications and rural magazines.
Agricultural Connections, tri-county (Jan ’18)
Liz grew up on a farm in Madras and nurtured her roots in agriculture with graduate studies in food systems and planning. She believes in a community vision where local farmers are recognized heroes for every meal we eat. She is the proud owner of Agricultural Connections (AC), a year-round, local, organic food business that distributes to homes and businesses around Central Oregon. When not surrounded by veggies at the warehouse, Liz is cooking, backpacking, dancing, skiing, paragliding, traveling, and hanging out with her loved ones.
Jane Sabin-Davis – Community At-Large
Deschutes County (Jan ’18)
Jane has been involved with local food for the past 45 years. She began gardening as a young mother interested in quality produce and her interests peaked when the family bought 25 acres of sweet cherries and managed an acre vegetable garden. Jane’s involvement with HDFFA is a good match given that she has a Masters in Social Work specializing in non-profit management. Over the last 12 years, Jane has been the Director of Oregon Rural Action and the Blue Mountain Humane Association and served on two international non-profit board of directors.
Jerre Kosta-Dodson – Farmer
Dancing Cow Farm – Crook County (Jan ’19)
Jerre is the proud owner of one of the few woman-operated farms and ranches in Central Oregon, raising heritage breeds of livestock, poultry, vegetables, herbs and fruit using holistic resource management methods. Providing local food to local people is most dear to her heart and Jerre wants to see the farming/ranching environments grow, survive and thrive.
Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC), tri-county (Jan ’18)
Katy is the Program Administrator in the Community & Economic Development Natural Resource Department at COIC and has been involved with natural resource work for over 20 years. She grew up on a cherry orchard in Eastern Oregon and as a kid sold cherries on the side of the road to help fund her college tuition. She is living her live long goal of bridging the gap between agricultural producers and government. In her pare time she is either in the woods or traveling the world.
Laura Moss –
Deschutes County (Jan ’19)
Laura grew up on a horse farm in the Willamette Valley countryside, with an abundance of local food and fresh cooking. Since moving to Bend in 2005, Laura has advocated for local food, local farmers, and food justice. Her desire to increase access to and awareness of Central Oregon food and products attracted her to HDFFA. Her work and volunteer experience in food systems will vastly benefit HDFFA. She has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a minor in Sustainability from Portland State University.
Shannon Sbarra – Farmer
Volcano Veggies, Deschutes County (Jan ’18)
In 2013 Shannon and her husband Jimmy opened Volcano Veggies, a commercial scale indoor aquaponic system where their greens grow at the top while the Tilapia swim in the tank at the bottom. Always brainstorming, Shannon works to find creative solutions for local food, as she deeply cares about both community nutrition and environmental sustainability. Shannon is excited to bring new ideas to the table at HDFFA. In addition to farming, Shannon has been involved with marketing which could give the board some insight into how to effectively communicate with a large audience.
Zanne Sheets – Rancher
Grizzy Mountain Eco Ranch, Jefferson County (Jan ’19)
After living as “backyard farmers,” Zanne and her husband David moved to Central Oregon in 2011 to make the leap to a bigger plot. Their aspiration was to establish a model for sustainable living. Their ranch is off grid–powered by wind and sun. They grow organic fruits and vegetables and raise heritage breed chickens and llamas. Zanne is a foodie-at-heart and strongly believes that increasing awareness and action around food and farm issues is essential to building a healthy community and environment.