quality food and farm products

Increasing access to quality food and farm products

 

The Potomac Highlands Food & Farm Initiative is a non-profit organization with the mission to increase access to quality food and farm products. We accomplish this mission through various projects including the Highland Market, our local foods grocery store in Davis, Food & Farm Workshops, the Community Garden in Thomas and Community Farm Day. We host off-season farmers markets and work with Tucker County Schools assisting in implementing garden-based curricula.

Our goal is to help folks eat better while helping to strengthen the local food economy.

PHFFI, launched in January, 2013, originated through an effort by the Tucker Community Foundation (TCF) with financial support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the USDA.  Diane Hinkle, Development Director of TCF, saw the demand for increased access to quality food products in our remote mountain community and began brainstorming with other residents with the same beliefs.  Through that collaboration, the idea of PHFFI was born.  Special thanks to Diane for spearheading the idea of this project and to all those who attended the meetings and helped set the stage for what PHFFI could become.

It’s about good food!

 

Who Are We?

 

 

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Kimmy Clements

Kimmy Clements

Project Director, Potomac Highlands Food & Farm Initiative
Team Leader, Highland Market

“I have a strong belief that eating local is a necessity that will be embraced by more and more people as time goes on. I feel grateful to live in a place where this way of life is common and not just the latest trend.”

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My love for food stems from my childhood. I was raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm until I was about three but my parents have always had a garden. I can remember digging carrots (to eat immediately), getting thorned picking my grandma’s raspberries and canning what seemed like an endless amount of green beans with my mom! It wasn’t until I moved to West Virginia in 2004 (to teach outdoor education) when my love for cooking blossomed. Before then, I didn’t even know what quinoa was and I thought basmati was a way you cooked rice. I attribute much of this to my experience working at White Grass Café, The Mountain Institute and TipTop Coffee Bar. It was during this time that I started gardening myself. I was able to spend time at Rolling Thunder Vegetable Preserve, where I learned how to raise vegetables from seed. I started getting more passionate about nutrition and experimenting with recipes for things like ketchup, mustard and other items that I could make myself to avoid unnecessary preservatives. To eat well and remain frugal, I began canning and fermenting whatever I could out of my garden and the surplus from the farmers markets.

I have a strong belief that eating local is a necessity that will be embraced by more and more people as time goes on. I feel grateful to live in a place where this way of life is common and not just the latest trend. I am humbled to assist small farmers strengthen their businesses while building a collaborative food & farm community.

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Jen Olinger

Jen Olinger

Manager, Highland Market

“Raising, preparing, cooking or eating food: all of these are meditations in action and thus good for the soul and the earth. Be kind to yourself and to others! These aren’t just wise words, but in many cultures it’s the “Golden Rule”. I also believe that food is medicine. If you are what you eat, then eat well to be well. It’s that simple.”

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Simple truth is… “I like dirt. I like having my hands in the dirt.” I believe that all things are connected and that every action ripples out into the world. This applies to the individual and the community. If we all reap what we sow, then plant good food and eat it with good friends! Raising, preparing, cooking or eating food: all of these are meditations in action and thus good for the soul and the earth. Be kind to yourself and to others! These aren’t just wise words, but in many cultures it’s the “Golden Rule”. I also believe that food is medicine. If you are what you eat, then eat well to be well. It’s that simple. Live Simply!

The knowledge that I’ve gained as a naturalist, herbalist and gardener have all taught me to choose to care about nutrition and spiritualism. It has been my passion since I was a small child helping my family in the co-ops and gardens and I am grateful to be able to share what I’ve learned, learn new things, and enjoy the vibrant community of like-minded folks at the Highland Market.

 

Kate Lane

Assistant Manager, Highland Market

“I am thankful for all the work PHFFI has done to improve our quality of life here and am thrilled to spend my days working with a great team towards creating a healthier future for the Potomac Highlands.”

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Growing up,  shopping at Cleveland’s iconic West Side Market with my grandmother and great-grandmother taught me  the importance of keeping your ingredients simple and money local. After 10 years of traveling the US cooking food at large events, I decided to raise my family in Tucker County to be a part of the amazing things happening here. The local foods movement in Tucker County  is an  essential part of  keeping up with the growing tourism industry, as well as keeping our community healthy for generations to come. Having children, healthier food in our schools and access to healthy local foods are very important to me. I am thankful for all the work PHFFI has done to improve our quality of life here and am thrilled to spend my days working with a great team towards creating a healthier future for the Potomac Highlands.
 

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Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson

Market Assistant, Highland Market

“It’s great to see the food literally go from farm to table, with a little marketing savvy thrown in just for fun. I’m fortunate to work with a great group of people who are passionate about what they do and I’m looking forward to being part of the community that brings together locals, businesses, food enthusiasts and farmers.”

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I started my first garden at 12 years old growing up in Tucker County and have been gardening ever since. As I’ve lived in many parts of the world, I’ve had an opportunity to see and participate in many forms of agriculture including white asparagus in Europe, grey & rain water catchment systems in the deserts of New Mexico and working with prison inmates in their industrial scale gardens in West Virginia.

Currently I’m content growing blueberries for the local shops and markets, making sure there are plenty left over for the birds. I grow my own vegetable garden using “old time” methods of pest control keeping all plants pesticide free and everything organic.

Though I’ve made a living being a Techie/Scientist, gardening has always been my solace and my way to keep in touch with the earth. Plus I do enjoy eating what I grow. Working for the Highland Market is proving to be quite a learning experience. It’s great to see the food literally go from farm to table, with a little marketing savvy thrown in just for fun. I’m fortunate to work with a great group of people who are passionate about what they do and I’m looking forward to being part of the community that brings together locals, businesses, food enthusiasts and farmers.

Board of Directors



Robert Burns

President, PHFFI BOD
Behind-the-scenes Support, Highland Market
Executive Director, Tucker Community Foundation

 

Jessica Scowcroft

Vice President, PHFFI BOD
Executive Director, Tucker County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Maggie Re’ Hazboun Lutz

Secretary, PHFFI BOD
Superstar Consumer, Highland Market & area farmers market


Sandra Frank

Assistant Development Director,
Tucker Community Foundation

Stemple Brothers Farm

(James & Darwin Stemple)
PHFFI BOD
Superstar Farmers, Highland Market, regional farmers markets and Preston County Growers Coop BOD


Marti Neustadt

PHFFI BOD
Business Coach, Value Chain Cluster Initiative &
Tucker County Development Authority Board Member

Jesica Streets

PHFFI BOD
Extension Agent, WVU Extension Service in Tucker County

“Super special thanks to Rob Burns for all his support on a non-stop basis! He’s invaluable as a Board member, emergency employee, financial guru, therapist, technical support, fellow food enthusiast and most importantly, as a friend. We couldn’t be doing this without you, Rob!” PHFFI Staff

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