Kristen Suokko, Executive Director
In 1998 she moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to work in environmental philanthropy for the W. Alton Jones Foundation and the Blue Moon Fund. After a six-month trip to Asia with her family in 2012, Kristen returned to Charlottesville to first chair the board and then become Executive Director of Local Food Hub.
Kristen holds a degree in Russian from Middlebury College and has served on a number of boards and civic organizations in and around Charlottesville. She lives in downtown Charlottesville with her husband and two children and enjoys cooking, hiking, and doing winter sports.
Kristen’s favorite season for local product is the fall when she’s brought back to her Finnish and New England roots with the abundant supply of root veggies, tubers, and hardy greens.
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Alan Moore, Director of Distribution & Business Development
After receiving his master’s degree in Environmental Studies, Alan moved back to Central Virginia in 2009 to help launch Local Food Hub. As Director of Distribution and Business Development, Alan understands the many pressures faced by local growers and utilizes his expertise in cultivating new markets for local food to enhance Central Virginia’s food and farm economy.
Alan lives in western Albemarle County with his wife, Erin, and his two children, Olivia and Henry. He enjoys spending his free time with his family, gardening, cooking, playing soccer, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Alan’s favorite season for local product is all summer long when sweet fruits overflow his kitchen, like peaches, blackberries, and tomatoes.
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Adrianna Vargo, Director of Grower Services
Having children underscored the importance of producing fresh, wholesome food, and thus supporting vegetable production became Adrianna’s primary mission. In 2010, the family moved to Maple Hill Farm, formerly the Local Food Hub’s certified organic educational farm, to manage the farm and support the then community-based learning center. While she appreciates living a life close to the land and influenced by the changing seasons, she also loves the constant challenges farming provides and the broad knowledge and skill-base needed to be a successful farmer. Adrianna works directly with Local Food Hub’s producers to provide training and technical assistance.
Adrianna’s favorite season for local product is winter when growers are getting creative with season extension methods to grow delicious Asian greens, sweet carrots, nutritious spinach and other hardy winter vegetables.
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Lisa Reeder, Value Chain Coordinator
Lisa re-entered the Charlottesville local food scene as Foodservice and Produce Manager for feast!, a Charlottesville-based gourmet grocery and fine foods store. The experience at feast! solidified Lisa’s devotion to the vibrant food and talented, dedicated farmers of this region, and in 2007 she established A Local Notion to write, consult, and teach on the topic of seasonal, local foods in Central Virginia. After the birth of her son, Lisa transitioned to Local Food Hub in 2010 and continues her life’s work of eating, cooking, talking about, and promoting local foods.
Lisa’s favorite season for local product is early fall, when lunch can be no-cook summertime salads (like marinated red onion, green beans, sweet peppers and tomatoes) and evenings are cool enough for stovetop dishes like fresh okra gumbo, risotto with October beans, and braised cabbage and tomatoes. Recent food adventures include Swiss chard and faro dolmades, overwintered poached pears in vermouth, and cherry pit-infused apple cider vinegar.
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Matt Baer, Distribution Associate
Matt joined Local Food Hub in June 2013 with a desire to continue increasing access to local food throughout Virginia and to overcome barriers that currently exist in the local food network. At the Local Food Hub, Matt works to strengthen relationships with our customers and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our work. When not working, Matt enjoys all things food/wine/beer in and around Charlottesville and the beautiful environment around us.
Matt’s favorite season for local product is late spring. You can never have too much lettuce, asparagus, or spring onions, and the season is such a relief after a harsh winter.
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Will Clark, Inventory & Quality Control
After much traveling and cooking, Will came to Charlottesville to work with the Local Food Hub in 2013 to oversee that same fresh, locally sourced product he so admired while in the restaurant industry. Will stays busy on the side with music, running and playing basketball, as well as working on his own family’s farm in Central Virginia.
Will’s favorite season for local product is spring because of asparagus! It’s the gift that keeps on giving, long after the patch is planted. Clipped and eaten fresh from the stalk or charred on the grill, they are the ultimate spring treat (besides succulent strawberries, of course!).
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Terri Di Cintio, Development Associate
Terri joined Local Food Hub in July 2013 to handle fundraising, community relations, and volunteer management.
Terri is a lover of all things Italian, especially food and wine, and enjoys traveling to her ancestral homeland with her husband, Chip. She also serves as Charlottesville’s official representative to its Italian Sister City, Poggio a Caiano. Terri and Chip live in Charlottesville with their two rescue cats.
Terri’s favorite season for local product is summer because of the bounty of staple Italian ingredients, like fresh tomatoes and basil. Terri enjoys making homemade pasta sauce to enjoy fresh during the summer and to freeze for use year-round, as well as gazpacho (admittedly not Italian, but still delicious) and Caprese salads while her husband Chip is busy churning out as much pesto as their freezer can handle.
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Logan Blanco, Accounting Manager
Logan’s passion for healthy local food was developed during her 16 years living and working at Twin Oaks Community. Since moving to town 15 years ago, Logan and her partner have created permaculture-designed gardens surrounding their house in town: They love to share and enjoy their abundant harvest with family and friends throughout the year. In her “spare” time, Logan keeps herself busy food processing, cooking, learning, and sharing her sustainable community-building skills through local workshops and neighborhood networking.
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Laura Brown, Communications & Marketing Associate
Longing for her hometown and to support the small, local farmers she grew up with, Laura joined the Local Food Hub in summer 2014. Overwhelmed by the beauty and the bounty of Central Virginia that she hungered for while in D.C., Laura spends her free time attending as many farmer’s markets as she can, cooking fresh, local foods, and training for and competing in endurance sports with her boyfriend and dog.
Laura’s favorite season for local product is late spring when radical radishes don her daily salads to spice up the local flavor.
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Kevin White, Warehouse Associate
Kevin joined Local Food Hub in 2013 to handle product delivery, packaging, and distribution. When not preparing items for the next day’s delivery from inside a 40-degree walk-in cooler or chatting with our producers about the items we might see next week, Kevin enjoys spending time relaxing with his wife and their eight dogs. Aside from the occasional landscaping job on the weekends, Kevin travels around the state and region with his dogs to compete in various dog show events. Rumor has it his dogs are some of the most beautiful and well mannered you’ll ever come across.
Kevin’s favorite season for local product is the fall when apples are in full flux. Of all of the delicious Virginia varieties, Kevin’s favorite is Gold Rush. Known for their excellent fruit quality and long storage ability, they can be enjoyed well into spring, just in time for other delicious fruit availability to fulfill the Gold Rush gap.
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Rod Crawford, Warehouse Associate and Delivery Driver
In his free time, he enjoys being active and playing competitive sports. Whether weightlifting, running, or playing racquetball with friends, Rod is always on the move.
Rod’s favorite season for local product is early summer when red cherries are so fresh and sweet, it reminds him of a favorite comfort food of homemade cherry pie.
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Emily Manley, Former Director of Marketing & Communications
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