Our Mission

We envision a secure, sustainable, and inclusive food system as one in which our farms and food businesses are both ecologically and economically viable, our agricultural lands are supporting a much larger percentage of Lane County’s food needs, and all members of our community have access to locally grown and raised foods. We believe that a strong local food system contributes to the integral health of our entire community and we work to facilitate greater understanding of the social, economic, and environmental impacts of our food choices.


Board of Directors

Hayley Park
Co-Owner at Underground Seed Co.
Technical Coordinator at the Organic Materials Review Institute

Hayley is a self-described farmer-scientist. Over the past 10 years her various jobs and studies have carried her to vegetable, flower, seed, and research farms in both Colorado and Oregon. Currently, she’s working on a Masters in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Oregon State University where her research focuses on breeding plants for organic systems, plant-microbe interactions, and farmer-participatory projects. Broadly, she hopes to contribute to larger, ongoing efforts to build a resilient, accessible, local food system. She is inspired by the work the WFFC does to achieve this goal, and is honored to be a part of an organization taking concrete steps to improve the local foodshed for all members of our community.


Rachel Doty
Vice- President

Originally an East Coast urban dweller, where she was raised to appreciate hard work and community service, Rachel has made the Pacific NW her home for nearly 20 years, 15 of which have been immersed in the local food scene in Eugene, OR. Rachel’s interest in food systems stems from her love of cooking and eating, and her anthropological studies of the ways in which people interact with their environments and with plants. Rachel has played many roles in the local food system, including farmer, processor, cook, buyer, salesperson, importer, and supply chain manager.

A former board member for Lane County Farmers Market and current board member of the American Herbal Products Association, Rachel also volunteers with the Master Food Preservers of Cottage Grove, teaching classes in canning and other methods of food preservation for the home cook and gardener. Rachel is excited to be working with WFFC to improve access to local foods in our community.

Andrew Billing

Andrew has a Master of Business Administration from Portland State University with an emphasis in sustainability, and additional coursework in nonprofit administration. 

In his 20s, he took up gardening as a hobby which, within just a few seasons, became an obsession. Ten years ago he went to work on a small vegetable farm and has never looked back! As a farm manager in Michigan and North Carolina, he was able to support the growth of those farms and launch successful value-added product lines, while proudly feeding his friends and neighbors. Currently, he works within the vegetable seed industry, managing production and delivering new vegetable varieties to farmers and consumers. Andrew is excited about working creatively and collaboratively at the intersection of business, nonprofit, and social enterprise in order to create the greatest positive impact in support of strong local food systems.

Rebecca Fallihee
Owner/Clinical Nutritionist, GUTSy Performance Nutrition
Nutrition Educator, OSU Extension Lane County

Many of my most formative memories were of food and farm life, and linked with them, an intricate understanding of all the effort it takes to get food to the table; the constant early mornings and steps it takes to get milk from the cow to the cereal bowl, the endless hours of picking green beans and gathering ground cherries, the fleeting season of raspberries and the need to pick the ripe ones before my siblings got to them, the ritual night checks during lambing season, and especially, the sheer joy of taking whatever of-the-season abundance and creating something wonderful to eat and share in the kitchen. Over the years, I explored those early lessons further through teaching agricultural science, then garden, cooking and nutrition education, and finally through assisting others as a clinical nutritionist. I see local food and farming as a connection—connecting each of us to our ecosystem, each other, and ultimately our own health and wellness. I’m honored to contribute to an organization that continues to foster these connections within our local food system. 

Nick Meltzer
Transportation Programs Manager at Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG).

I grew up on a farm in Maine, where my parents were part of the first back to the land movement in the 70s. They grew and raised all the food we ate when I was a kid, and it wasn't until much later in life that I realized that isn't particularly normal. After college I lived in Vermont and quickly got hooked on the abundant availability of local food. Around the same time I got into baking and have been teaching myself about bread and grain for the last 15 or so years. As my wife and I have created a life in Eugene, we've been slowly teaching ourselves how to grow, preserve and cook all of the wonderful food available here in Oregon (to the point where she sometimes calls me a prepper and I remind her the correct term is urban homesteader). The lessons we've learned and perspective we've gained is what I look forward to sharing with the larger WFFC community. Other than that, I love riding bikes, baking bread, and sharing home cooked meals with friends.


Genevieve Schaack MPA, NPM
Executive Director

When I moved to Lane County from Chicago in 2002, the only farm I’d ever visited was part of the city zoo. While dairy goats remained as much a mystery to me as zebra did into my early 20s, the city’s socio-economic landscape inspired a deep desire to support others. One of the ways that came most naturally to me was through food. While I may never shake my nostalgic fondness for iceberg lettuce, increasing access to the bountiful variety of Oregon farmland is something that I am thrilled to nurture through mutually beneficial and ecologically sustainable relationships between local producers and eaters. 

As relevant to this work as my formal experience in the nonprofit sector and education may be, so is the time I spent slinging hash in diners and for Food Not Bombs. I love taking the time to explore new foods and recipes, sharing them with friends, family, and the community at large. The last few years have made such experiences all the more precious- it is a critical time to re-connect and rebuild healthy communities everywhere. I am so excited to play a part in such efforts, bringing together my personal and professional passions and the chance to grow along with WFFC!


Patrick Newson
Farm to School Procurement Hub Consultant

Patrick grew up in Pleasant Hill, and there has rarely been a year in the past twenty where he wasn't doing some sort of farm or food project. After nearly a decade working in viticulture and wine distribution, Patrick now works on a fruit and nut orchard and is also pursuing berry farming and cider-making along with teaching, writing, and community organizing. As the leader of our Farm to School Procurement Hub work, he is eager to help children get better access to healthy, local food.

Saoirse Scott (pronounced /sear-sha/)
Outreach and Event Coordinator

I grew up on a small farm nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where we raised our own cows, chickens, produce, and goats. Through my work with Willamette Farm and Food Coalition and in my role as Market Director for the Whiteaker Community Market, I've had the distinct delight of reconnecting with small farmers and the communities they support.

I’ve always been interested in what brings people together, ignites joy in them, and adds meaning to their lives. WFFC, like Farmers Markets, accomplishes this by investing in our local food economy, nurturing families, and reminding folks of the importance of being connected to the land, seasons, and food. I’m extremely excited to continue working with the WFFC team to sustain the vibrant tradition of Fill Your Pantry while strengthening our local communities. 

In my free time, you can find me at the bouldering gym, adventuring outside, doing garden and yard work, or working on one of my many half-finished home and art projects.

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Willamette Farm and Food Coalition

P.O. Box 41672
Eugene, OR 97404

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