Speaker Biographies

Jeff MoyerJeff Moyer

Jeff Moyer is a world-renowned authority in organic agriculture. His expertise includes organic crop production systems with a focus on weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design. Jeff is perhaps most well-known for conceptualizing and popularizing the No Till Roller Crimper for use in organic agriculture. In 2011, he wrote Organic No-Till Farming, a publication that has become a resource for farmers throughout the world. Jeff brings a farmer’s perspective and approach to issues in organic agriculture. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of The Seed Farm, and is a board member of the Soil Health Institute, PA Farm Link, and IFOAM North America. He is a past chair of the National Organic Standards Board and a founding board member of Pennsylvania Certified Organic. Jeff was named Executive Director of Rodale Institute in September 2015 after spending the last four decades at the Institute. He is credited with helping countless farmers make the transition from conventional, chemical-based farming to organic methods.

 

Woody LaneWoody Lane

Woody Lane is a livestock nutritionist and forage specialist living in Roseburg, Oregon. Since moving to Oregon in 1990, he has operated Lane Livestock Services — an independent consulting firm. Woody provides technical advice to farms, ranches and all types of agricultural businesses and agencies. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Animal Nutrition at Cornell University. He has published hundreds of popular articles and fact sheets on sheep and cattle production and more than 25 research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He currently teaches courses in livestock nutrition and forage management to ranchers in Western Oregon. Woody has recently published my first book: From The Feed Trough — Essays and Insights on Livestock Nutrition in a Complex World and facilitated three forage study groups for farmers and ranchers here in Western Oregon. He writes a monthly livestock nutrition column for The Shepherd magazine.

 

Josh VolkJosh Volk

Slow Hand Farm is a one man operation run by Josh Volk, where he helps small farms and market gardeners in a variety of ways and keeps his hand in production by working with a good friend who runs a small CSA in Portland, Oregon. Josh has been particularly inspired by the international Slow Food Movement since first hearing about it 20 years ago, and for even longer he has had a special interest in working with hand tools. The two fit well together, and while he doesn’t always work exclusively with hand tools, or with food, the Slow principles of “good, clean and fair” are always at the core of what he does. Check out these sites for more information:

  • joshvolk.com houses helpful articles, photo galleries and links.
  • farmhandcarts.com is specifically about the hand carts he’s been building and refining for the last decade.
  • compactfarms.com is the website for Josh’s new book! It profiles Slow Hand Farm as well as 14 other farms around North America and talks about what makes them work.

Poppy Davis

Poppy Davis teaches and advises on business and policy issues affecting family-scale farms and ranches and related associations. She is the Director of Entrepreneurship at the Indigenous Food and 

Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law School and consults for farm programs across the country. Previously she was the National Program Leader for Small Farms and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers at the USDA, and prior to that a California CPA. She holds a Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School, a Masters in Journalism from Georgetown, and a BS in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Betty Benson


Betty Benson

Betty Benson is a certified Master Recycler. Focused on sustainability topics, she has volunteered 500+ hours teaching and mentoring in the community since 2011. Pairing with its originator, Cecelia Warner, Betty helped develop the durable plate program and "Waste Center" at the Forest Grove Farmers Market. Betty is owner of Rubbish Works, a Portland area rubbish removal and recycling company.

Araceli de la Cruz

Araceli de la Cruz

Araceli has dreamed of owning her own Mexican restaurant ever since she can remember. Growing up in Cuautla Jalisco, Mexico, she learned how to cook from her mother. But when she moved to the U.S. to be with her husband, owning her own business seemed like an impossible dream. She didn’t speak English and didn’t know the first thing about how to start a business. Then she heard about our classes at Adelante Mujeres. She joined the Empresas Small Business Program where she learned how to successfully launch her own business. Today Araceli owns a successful catering business called “La Popular”, and she starts selling her Mexican Traditional Mexican food at Forest Grove Farmers Market. One of her signature sauces will be hitting the shelves of grocery stores soon.

Jim Fanjoy

Jim Fanjoy

Jim is a commercial architect who specializes in sustainable design and creative solutions. He keeps bees, sells honey at the farmers' market, and is working towards Master certification with the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program.

Jackie Hammond

Jackie Hammond

From growing up and travelling in Europe to living in southern California where I shopped at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, I have always been around good local food. While living in the UK, I helped manage a 16th century English Inn and restaurant where I instilled my passion for making good, clean food. Bridging from farm to table making this type of food available for all and supporting small family farms. My mission is to introduce families, and especially kids, to the magic of farmers markets; encouraging them to eat fresh and local foods. Through the creation of the nationally recognized kid's Power of Produce (P.O.P) Club, I am growing the next generation of market shoppers and good food eaters. Through a robust year-round farmers market, my goal is to assist the community to re-localize and build a strong, local, and sustainable food system.

Amber Holland

Amber Holland

11 years of farmer market management experience and excited to share what we know about reducing waste at our markets! 

Lannie Kali

Lannie Kali

Lannie Kali is on a mission to strengthen and support a meaningful connection between people and their food. Lannie has been involved in the Portland metro farmers market community for over a decade and has been instrumental in fostering new & reviving existing farmers markets and food programs. She uses her background as a farm kid, her passion as a chef and her professional life as a social change advocate through her business, PLENTY Community Food Services.

Javier UrendaJavier Urenda

Javier Urenda, originally from Nayarit, Mexico joined Adelante Mujeres in 2013. He has over 14 years of experience as a Latino community and business advocate. His work as the Manager of the Empresas Small Business Development Program has impacted many aspiring and existing business owners. Javier presents the recognized, culturally specific Empresas Business Course. He serves on various committees including the Forest Grove Economic Development Commission and the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Latino Council. Javier is also a graduate of the 2014 NALCAB Colegio Fellowship Program. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Mexico and an Associate Degree from Portland Community College.