BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Paige Dampier is a farmer and vendor at the Langley Farmers’ Market. She and her husband, Chris, run a family farming business called Close to Home Organics. Their business plan includes selling at two farmers markets as well as running a CSA program. They are fortunate to be shareholders and farmers at Glen Valley Organic Farm, a co-operatively owned farm in the Fraser Valley.
Joanne Frances – Wilkinson has been a lover of fresh local food and beautiful flowers since childhood. With a personal background in floristry, food and design and a family background in farming, her passions came full circle in 2008 when she created Culinary Blossom, a food and flower company. (culinaryblossom.com) Joanne grows edible flowers and produces a unique line of gourmet foods and specialty teas. She is passionate about supporting and bringing local food and fare to the table. Joanne joined the board in 2010 and is delighted to be a part of the team that makes eating local a weekly event at the Langley Community Farmers Market.
We thank Ricardo for all the work he has spearheaded and for being a great liaison between Vancity and the Langley Community Farmers’ Market.
Joanne Saunders grew up on a vegetable farm and worked in the food industry for more than 20 years. Her educational background is in nutrition and food marketing and this compliments her ongoing passion for healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. She worked at the BC vegetable marketing board as well as the BC turkey marketing board, promoting local farmers and local food products. She has also worked in the bakery and confectionery industries. Joanne spent many years developing new food and beverage products, from conception to recipe development, packaging, marketing and sales. She was interviewed by Oprah’s producer about a blueberry juice that she helped develop, promote and sell in the US market. Currently, Joanne is Executive Director, Marketing and Recruitment at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). She is thrilled to be a part of the LCFM, working to promote local products in a growing community at the local University.