The GAP Board
Fiona was born in California and grew up a beach girl. She had no interest in local foods, agriculture, or seasonal eating (everything is always in season in CA!). Fiona graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Natural Resources and has always loved the outdoors, nature, camping, and hiking. She worked all over the west for the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and California State Parks. Fiona started out as a vendor at Charles Town Farmers Market (CTFM) in 2009, and started managing the market in 2012. At the close of 2014 she ceased being a vendor and turned to just managing the market. In addition, she serves as a board member for West Virginia Farmers Market Association and dabbles in helping organize various community events.
Lars is a local producer in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County WV, raising pork, eggs, and produce on his small family farm, Green Gate Farm. Lars is enthusiastic about the possibilities for other small scale producers and the surrounding communities to interface at Bushel & Peck. Lars feels that a productive and vibrant community starts with a healthy community and he intends to put Bushel & Peck at the forefront of that effort.
Kiya holds a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, and a Master’s in Career & Technical Education, also from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!). She has worked in previous careers as the City Clerk for Charles Town, a federal government analyst and training coordinator, and as a 4-H Extension Agent in Virginia. Kiya volunteers for the Jefferson County Fair and enjoys baking, cooking, gardening and having two little adorable (and fiesty!) boys that call me mama.
A lifelong resident of Jefferson County, Todd works fulltime at The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, has been a working musician for 40 years and has worked with The Charles Town Farmers Market for six. Todd is a founding organizer of the annual Panhandle Earth Day Celebration now in its 10th year and is chair of The Victory Project raising breast cancer awareness. And in his spare time, Todd serves on the Charles Town Parks and Recs Commission and the Charles Town city council.
Originally a California native, she brings the fresh flavors of Baja to Jefferson County through her restaurant, Ortega’s Taco Shop. As an increasingly popular vendor at the Charles Town Farmer’s Market, she has become an invaluable member of the Jefferson GAP Coalition. She is committed to developing the local culinary atmosphere by bringing unique products from local businesses to the general public.
Brian is a local small business owner who has served the Jefferson GAP for three years as an advocate for farmers and for the producers of value-added products in the local food movement. He is an original vendor of the Charles Town Farmer’s Market, (formerly known as the Jefferson Farmers’ Market) since its humble beginnings in 2006. With a spirit of service and passion for supporting local business, Brian eventually joined the Charles Town Farmers’ Market Committee and served as an active member representing the vendors and with strategic planning, alongside committee members with the same passion and goals, helped to shape the Market into one of the most viable Farmers’ Markets in West Virginia. Brian is a Specialty Coffee Roaster and is the founder of The Black Dog Coffee Company, which he has owned and operated since 2006 with his business partner and wife, Jennifer Maghan