As a volunteer organization, we are always happy to welcome new people, whether as general members or board members. Today, our Board of Directors is comprised of 11 members. Each participates in Board leadership, completes monthly volunteer hours, and, of course, shares a passion for the Friends’ mission and the success and growth of the Market. By way of introduction, here are the members of the DFMF Board of Directors:
Hannah Koski has almost ten years of experience in food systems and supply chains. She began her career in food as a producer on a 120-acre organic vegetable farm and later as manager of a 100+ member community based agricultural operation.
After obtaining her Master’s degree in Horticulture at Cornell University, where she authored the Cornell Small Farms Program’s Guide to Urban Farming in New York State, she dedicated herself to urban food production.
Hannah served as the director of the nationally recognized football-field-turned-farm at Paul Quinn College in Dallas where she created innovative programming to challenge students and public alike to tackle food insecurity via social entrepreneurship. In collaboration with leading organizations such as GROW North Texas, she has helped to provide consulting and educational services to promote urban farming and community gardening within the city. Currently, she works as National Manager of Food Systems Research and Development at Blue Apron, a leading meal-kit delivery service.
Steve Smith grew up on a farm in SouthTexas where he learned early the demands of farming life and the precariousness of depending on the weather for your livelihood. Indeed, Steve’s passion for continuing to help the farming community is in his roots, as evidenced by his involvement with the DFMF Board since 2011.
Today, Steve is an owner and Chief Operating Officer for Firehouse, one of Dallas’ top independent advertisng agencies. Via Firehouse, Steve provides marketing services for DFMF, Grow North Texas, and other related organizations that support the farming community.
Steve is also vice-president of Taylor’s Gift Foundation, a non-profit entity dedicated to increasing the number of registered organ donors by assisting families who green-light organ donations and by offering further support with the needs manifested from losing a loved one.
Deborah Murphy’s passion is to combat the looming specter of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods that are growing in frequency and volume in the world’s food supply. Ms. Murphy has worked with GMO Free USA/GMO Free Dallas, formerly the Dallas Prometheus Project, since 2012 when one of the first mandatory labeling laws made it onto a ballot as Prop 37 in California.
"The primary concern is the huge volume of food and animal feed grown globally from the “RoundUp-ready" glyphosate-laden patented seeds,” Deborah said, “and with 64 other countries either banning or requiring labeling of GMO foods, the United States is far behind the rest of the world in educating its citizens against the threat to our food supply."
For over 30 years, Deborah’s primary career has been in advertising and media buying/selling. Since 2009, she's worked as the Southwest Regional Manager for Regional Reps Corp, a privately-held company which specializes in selling small-market radio ad campaigns to advertising agencies all across the country.
Kim Aman is the vice-president of the DFMF Board of Directors this term. "Farmer Kim" was granted the recognition as a WFAA Eco-Educator in 2013. She also worked with the American Heart Association to develop the educational curriculum for the teaching garden located at the eastern end of The Shed. As the Dallas Farmers Market Field Trip Instructor, Farmer Kim plays host to students of local schools and teaches them about nutrition, the "seed to table process," and the many benefits of supporting our local agriculture.
"America lost 250,000 local farms at the end of the last century. This 'good food movement' we are experiencing now in response to the industrialization of our food system," Kim said.
Ms. Aman feels that the role of the Friends is to be advocates for the local farmers and help them make a profit for all of the hard they put in.
"Enhancing the market experience helps create an environment that customers want to return to, which helps farmers make a living with repeat shoppers, and preserving the history of the market honors the farmers who have gone before and values all farmers roles in our food system then and now."