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Introduction

The Food Access Partnership is a non profit organization of Vashon and Maury Island that works to increase access to fresh food for all, while supporting local growers. The Partnership’s primary strategy to achieve this goal is the VIGA Farm Bucks program.

The Food Access Partnership distributes VIGA Farm Bucks to island non-profits, who share them with clients and use them to purchase food for client meal preparation. Read more about how the VIGA Farm Bucks program works!

Learn more about the VIGA Farm Bucks Program

 
 

OUR TEAM

Dana

Dana Illo

Dana is a long time advocate of local food and local farming.She dreams of (and works toward) a community where there is room at the table for everyone, to gather, break bread and share in the harvest of our island farms.

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Lisa Hasselman

Lisa is a certified organic produce and cut flower farmer at Forest Garden Farm on the north end of Vashon. As a mother and an attorney, she seeks to find and share wisdom and justice through growing. www.instagram.com/forestgardenfarm

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Caitlin Ames

Caitlin manages the nonprofit Matsuda Farm for the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust, marketing wholesale produce around the island. She's pretty sure she has the best job ever, but still likes to escape into the mountains as often as possible.

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Cassidy Berlin

Cassidy is an AmeriCorps VISTA working with the Food Access Partnership and Vashon Food Bank to improve access to local produce. When not chasing leads on local veggies, she can be found baking vegan cookies and planning for graduate school.

Janie Starr is a racial, social, and environmental activist. She seeks to support food equity on Vashon through the important work of the Food Access Partnership. She believes that empowering women, in particular, to feed their families locally grown healthy food raises the community as a whole, and reminds us of our connections to one another.

Janie Starr

Janie is a racial, social, and environmental activist. She seeks to support food equity on Vashon through the important work of the Food Access Partnership. She believes that empowering women, in particular, to feed their families locally grown healthy food raises the community as a whole, and reminds us of our connections to one another.

Merrilee

Merrilee Runyan

Merrilee has been working with VIGA's Food Access Partnership for ten years, intent on creating a more equitable food system that serves the entire Vashon community and our farmers.

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Rob Peterson

Rob has been growing and selling organic produce, eggs and livestock on Vashon Island since 1999. He believes we need more farmers growing more sustainably (ecologically, economically, and socially) and that the food they grow should be available to everyone. 


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Karen Biondo

Karen believes unequivocally that everyone should be able to have access to the freshest, most local food for their family.
Karen has been farming on Vashon since 1999. Cooking a meal for and with family and friends is her happiest joy, made more delicious when the food is from her farm or a neighbors’.

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Juniper Rogneby

Juniper organizes and agitates for a robust, delicious, and equitable food system from her five acre homestead, “Near Season Farm.” A city-girl-turned-homesteader originally from the Boston area, she’s thriving on Vashon as a chicken midwife, berry grower and parent.

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Abby Antonelis

Abby raises pigs, chickens, berries and some other row crops on Vashon Island. Abby believes that everyone should have enough food. She believes that there is enough for everyone and that barriers for growing and consuming fresh, local food should be burned to the ground.

 
 
 

Ready to help?

 
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