FarmFolk CityFolk is a not for profit society that works to cultivate a local, sustainable food system. Our projects provide access to & protection of foodlands; support local growers and producers; and engage communities in the celebration of local food.
"Something happens to people who plant seeds--it is impossible to watch a plant grow and flourish without getting a sense of the miracle of all life."
-Herb Barbolet, Co-founder of FarmFolk CityFolk
FarmFolk CityFolk Celebrates 20 years!
FarmFolk CityFolk Society
Board of Directors 2015/2016 (Stewardship Team)
Michael Dary; Co-Chair - Research Lead - Retail Utilities, Accenture plc. - North Vancouver, BC
Shelley Milstein; Co-Chair - Manager of Philanthropy, Spinal Cord Injury - Vancouver, BC
Jodie Lightfoot - Brand and Communications Strategist, Lightfooted Strategies-Vancouver, BC and Tokyo, Japan
Paula Panek - Retired IT Professional, Maple Ridge, BC
Lisa Giroday - Co-owner, Victory Gardens Co-op, Vancouver, BC
Cory Pelan - Owner, The Whole Beast Artisan Salumeria, Victoria, BC
Mark Vickars - former CEO, Choices Markets, New Westminster, BC
Nicholas Scapillati, Executive Director ~ Nicholas is a dedicated activist and conservationist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biogeography, from McMaster University and has worked in conservation for over 15 years. First with the David Suzuki Foundation as a researcher & project coordinator working on Climate Change, Marine Conservation, and the Great Bear Rainforest project.
While at the Foundation Nicholas worked as a researcher on David Suzuki’s best selling book The Sacred Balance, later developing it into a cross Canada multi media tour to launch David Suzuki’s Nature Challenge, and co-producing a television special for the Discovery Channel based on the tour.
As the Executive Director of the Musqueam Ecosystem Conservation Society Nicholas incorporated both science and traditional ecological knowledge into the organizations many programs including a BioBlitz of the Musqueam Creek ecosystem; the first of its kind in Vancouver. He has extensive experience in program management, fundraising, coordinating multi-level stakeholder processes, and relationship building particular with First Nations communities.
Urban agriculture has been a tradition in Nicholas’ family for generations that has cultivated his love of food and passion for cooking. Nicholas lives in Vancouver with his wife Kas and their dog Sitka.
Amber Cowie, Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Development ~ Amber loves local food, whether it’s grown in her garden, purchased from a nearby farmer’s market or harvested directly from a neighbouring farm. Food is the foundation of her personal and professional life; she believes that it’s a uniting force between friends and family and a driving force that can change the way we think about land use, community planning and health in society as a whole. She was thrilled to partner with FarmFolk CityFolk while managing the British Columbia office of Local Food Plus from 2011 to 2012 and is deeply happy to bring her ten years of experience in not for profits to the FarmFolk team. Amber has worked with ranchers, farmers, funders, donors, foodies and many others in numerous other positions, notably as a report writer for the David Suzuki Foundation, the executive director of the Grasslands Conservation Council of BC and the program manager for Ontario Nature.She holds a BA in Environmental History from the University of Victoria.
Between juggling the demands of her 14 month old daughter Eve, her work at FarmFolk CityFolk as the Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Development and her connections with Farm to School Greater Vancouver to help the Vancouver School Board (VSB) purchase more local food, she loves cooking, gardening and knitting—and of course, hanging out with her amazing husband, Ben.
Kelly Farrell, Manager of Events and Outreach ~ Hailing from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Kelly grew up in a small family whose lives revolved around sourcing, planning and sharing meals together. After moving to Kingston to get her BA from Queen’s University, followed by a brief stint in Toronto, Kelly made her way out to the West Coast and has been calling Vancouver home for the past nine years. Now a Marketing Communications professional, Kelly has worked in both the corporate and non-profit side of the food business and is a veteran of the hospitality industry. A lover of red wine, dark coffee, cured meats and fresh summer produce, Kelly is eager to share her love of the local food scene and the people dedicated to making Vancouver such a delicious place to live.
Heather Pritchard, Farm Program Manager ~ a long time food activist and co-founder/farmer with Glorious Organics Co-op in the Fraser Valley. She is the grand daughter of H. G. Neufeld, who has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame for his work as a plant breeder in the early development of canola seed.
Michael Marrapese, Communications & Technology ~ Michael is our resident communications and technology guru. Our webmaster and Editor-in-Chief of our magazine, he also produces promotional materials, writes public interest articles, and meets the challenges of the ever-evolving world of technology in a limited-budget, not-for-profit office. Michael is an avid photographer whose photos elegantly don the pages of FarmFolkCityFolk, the book. He is a long time resident of the Fraser Common Farm Cooperative in the Fraser Valley.
Chris Thoreau, Co-ordinator Bauta Initiative, BC Region ~ Chris has been engaged in small-scale and urban food production since 2001 as a farmer, educator, community organizer, and advocate. His career started in Victoria, British Columbia, operating a certified organic farm for six years serving farmers markets, restaurants, and CSA programs. Here he learned the ins and outs of plant breeding and seed saving through local workshops and training with Washington State's Organic Seed Alliance. Chris also served on the local certifying body's Board of Directors and Certification Committee for two years and helped organize multiple farming event and workshops.
Since 2008 Chris has been based in Vancouver, BC where he received his BSc. (Hons) Agrocecology in 2011 from the University of British Columbia - focusing his studies on urban farming, soil management, and small-scale plant breeding. During this time he founded and developed the Vancouver Food Pedalers Cooperative, one of Vancouver's most successful and longest running urban farms which grows high-quality microgreens and wheatgrass and delivers them to farmers markets, restaurants, and residents by bicycle. He also helped found the Vancouver Urban Farming Society while bringing urban farming to the forefront of the City's agenda as a major part of its goal to be the Greenest City in the World by 2020.
When he isn't obsessing over seeds, soil, and harvests, Chris spends much of his time with his six-year-old son doing everything from soccer to skating, running to wall climbing, and reading to wrestling! He is also a competitive trail runner with 16 races lined up for the 2015 season.
After seven years focused on urban farming and intensive microgreens production, Chris is excited to be working with seed security issues again.
Talulah Winkelman, Office Manager ~ Tallulah is a shareholder at Fraser Common Farm Cooperative in Aldergrove BC and a founding member of the Theatre on Earth Collective, artists in residence at the Strathcona Community Garden. As well as running the FarmFolk CityFolk office she coordinates the annual Win Our Windfall fund raising raffle.
Sara Dent, Young Agrarians Coordinator ~ Sara is a permaculture educator, farmer, photographer and project manager. She has worked for over a dozen years in the non–profit sector for arts, youth and social change organizations. Her foray into farming began as a wwoofer in 2006, and in 2008 she studied organic small scale farming and permaculture design at Linnaea Farm on Cortes Island. Since she has worked on a number of different farms from BC to Mexico. She is currently on farm rest in Vancouver and satisfying her farm itch by coordinating/producing Young Agrarians, inspired by The Greenhorns movement in the U.S. She is enjoying her community garden plot, teaching urban permaculture and is looking forward to growing much more food, and supporting food growers- long into the future. www.farmlove.org, www.youngagrarians.org
Jennifer Freeman, Vancouver Island Events Coordinator ~ Jennifer is excited to become a part of the FarmFolk CityFolk team. As owner-operator of Kalamoon Organic Farm in beautiful Glenora, Cowichan Valley, she knows first hand about the trials and tribulations that face small-scale organic farmers. Previous to this, she was busy engaging in a wide variety of urban food security issues. Her favorite was growing fresh vegetables for her box program at Victoria's unique Mason Street City Farm.
Jennifer also spent four years connecting the dots on poverty and food access by coordinating Victoria's Good Food Box Program and co-founding the Capital Regional Good Food Society. She has been a leader of community kitchens throughout the CRD, initiating widespread interest that led to the formation of Victoria's Community Kitchen Network.
Jennifer takes great pride and joy when she sees plants sprouting from spring's cold soil or one more person learning how to prepare local produce. Above all, she loves to organize a good event that connects more people to the absolute necessity of local agriculture!
Alison Love, Okanagan Feast of Fields Coordinator ~ Alison is 'head mixer' of a boutique marketing company, Spatula Media + Communications, specializing in the restaurant, food and wine industry in the Okanagan Valley. With over 30 years of marketing experience and 23 international and national marketing awards recognizing creativity, special event planning, branding and public relations strategy, she brings a wealth of diverse experience to her clients. Growing up on a farm in Ontario with her large extended family she has a love of fresh ingredients and respect for the hard working farmer that is embedded in her DNA. Spatula Media + Communications has worked with a number of high profile clients including RauDZ Regional Table, the Okanagan Chefs Association, Manteo Resort and Villas, Ballet Kelowna, and Codfathers Seafood Market. Alison and her husband also produce socially conscious documentaries that have been recognized with Geminis, Emmys, and film festival awards from around the world. To relax she spends her time with her fur-family of two dogs and two cats.
Jennifer Vincent, Meet Your Maker Okanagan Coordinator ~ Jennifer has a background in Horticulture and an Arts degree. Growing up on a small hobby farm in the Fraser Valley has fueled a passion for encouraging food gardening and self-sufficiency in others. Jennifer lived in Australia for over a decade, returning to Canada in 2009. She now calls Penticton home. She is the founder of Little Green Book, a consultancy centered on building collaborative connections between community groups. This past year, Little Green Book partnered with local food distributor, LocalMotive to build a novel CSA-style program called the Farm Bag Fundraiser. This initiative assists schools and community groups to sell a monthly bag of locally-grown produce from October to April - fundraising groups earn 20% of sales. In the first year of operation the program has sold 30,000 lbs of produce. Jennifer also sits on the Board of the Penticton Urban Agriculture Association and the Downtown Penticton Association. Community development, experimental gardening and eating locally are of keen interest. She has apricot-coloured memories of childhood summers and weekends spent in her family's Naramata orchard. No stone fruit has ever tasted as good as one fresh from those trees.