|MOSES BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A 7-11 member Board of Directors provides governance to the organization.
A majority of these members are certified organic farmers.
David and his wife, Lise, own Round River Farm, a solar- and wind-powered farm and an award-winning CSA in Finland, Minn., in the Sawtooth Mountains of Lake Superior's North Shore. They direct Shalom Seed Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization devoted to seed preservation and sustainable agriculture. As MISA Senior fellow, David was involved in local food system work including research, local labeling and the instigation of the “Superior Compact." He also co-designed and installed the Victus Farm, an integrated fish, plant and algal production system for the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the city of Silver Bay, Minn. In addition to his family farm, David manages Wolf Ridge Organic School Farm, which supplies produce for Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, the nation's first accredited K-12 school focused on environmental education.
Roger is an agricultural consultant providing professional services to organic and sustainable agriculture organizations and institutions. He is a member of the National Organic Action Plan Committee and an advisor to the Center for Food Safety and the National Organic Coalition. He also is the organic research coordinator for The Ceres Trust, a national foundation with organic agriculture as a priority.
Dave and his wife, Mary, own and operate Lily Lake Organic Farm, located in northern Illinois. A variety of small grains, along with corn, soybeans, and hay are grown on their 224-acre certified organic farm. He has recently completed a term on the SARE administrative council, and is currently serving as MOSA Board Chair. Dave has served on a number of boards in the past, and has been very active with organic research and outreach activities throughout the Upper Midwest.
Darlene Coehoorn, Board Treasurer
Darlene, along with her husband, Dan, and their family, operate Viewpoint Organic Acres in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. They manage a 55 cow dairy along with 500 acres of cropland on which they grow all their feed as well as a variety of other crops, including vegetables for processing.
Carmen Fernholz, Board President
Carmen and his wife, Sally, have a 400 acre certified organic farm, growing a variety of crops including corn, soybeans, and various small grains including oats, wheat, barley and flax. His most recent activities, besides farming, center around a half time appointment to the University of Minnesota as state wide Organic Research Coordinator. Carmen is also Vice Chair of Organic Farming Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM). He has served on a number of boards related to organic and sustainable agriculture.
Linda Halley has been growing organic produce since 1989, owning or managing farms in Wisconsin, California and now Minnesota, as Gardens of Eagan Farm Manager. In addition to farming she is engaged in the development of the Organic Field School at Gardens of Eagan dedicated to training farmers and creating educated food citizens.
Melinda Hemmelgarn, Board Secretary
Melinda is a Registered Dietitian, investigative nutritionist, award-winning writer and host of the nationally syndicated Food Sleuth Radio show. Based in Columbia, MO, Melinda and her photographer husband created “F.A.R.M.: Food, Art, Revolution, Media – A Focus on Photography to Re-vitalize Agriculture and Strengthen Democracy,” to raise awareness and appreciation for those who feed us “well.” Melinda connects the dots between food, health and agriculture, and analyzes food and farming media messages to promote “food system literacy.” She is a member of the Organic Farming Research Foundation Board, and former Food & Society Policy Fellow.
Nick is an organizer with Land Stewardship Project (LSP) where he works directly with beginning farmers through the Farm Beginnings program. Currently this work is focused on affordable secure land tenure and racial justice within our food and farming system, as well as leading LSP’s Farm Beginnings class component. Nick and his wife, Joan, own and operate Prairie Drifter Farm, a certified organic diversified vegetable farm in Litchfield, Minn.
Margaret Smith, Board Vice President
Margaret and her husband, Doug Alert, co-manage their 950 acre organic grain and livestock farm in north central Iowa near Hampton where they raise row crops, small grains, hay, pastured broilers and run a cow-calf beef herd. Margaret also works off the farm for Iowa State University Extension in Value-added Agriculture. Part of her work is with beginning farmers and farm families in transition when organics or other value added enterprises are part of the farming plan. Margaret currently serves as an advisor to the board of the Iowa Organic Association.
Carla had a career in state government concluding with work in the WI Dept of Natural Resources Green Tier program. Since leaving the DNR she has been consulting on agricultural land use options at Taliesin, Spring Green, and in 2012 begins working full time as the Executive Director of the newly formed Organic Processing Institute. She is President of the Natural Heritage Land Trust and is also on the board of 1000 Friends of WI.; she is past President of the Midwest Organic Services Association MOSA. She makes her home on 76 acres in the Town of Berry (Dane County - WI), part of which she permanently protected from development with a conservation easement.