Get to Know: The Farm Table Area Managers

17 May

In case you missed the recent screening of Ingredients, brought to Richmond by Slow Food RVA, you can rent a copy of it to watch on your own (it’s even available on instant play via Netflix). The documentary, set mostly in the Pacific Northwest, advocates for closing the gap between the farmer and our dinner tables, and supporting sustainable, whole, local foods. Our favorite line from the film was, “pay the Doctor, or pay the Farmer.” The documentary made us wonder, what brought you to The Farm Table?

As part of our “Get to Know” series, we asked The Farm Table’s Area Managers to tell us what brought them to The Farm Table, and to share a little more about themselves:

Lisa Sizemore

Lisa Sizemore became a Farm Table member last summer after hearing about it in a Weight Watcher’s meeting,  joined the team as a Neighborhood Coordinator in August 2011, and was promoted to Area Manager just last month. Lisa manages delivery areas for Richmond’s west end, and south Richmond. Lisa and her family have always believed in shopping and supporting local businesses as much as possible, and The Farm Table fit in so well with that philosophy and her Weight Watchers program.

Married for almost 25 years with 2 children, Lisa has been a stay at home Mom off and on for 15 years. Lisa has a 23 year-old son who works full-time and goes to college in the evening, and an 18-year-old daughter graduating from Clover Hill High School in June. Lisa’s daughter will be attending Christopher Newport University in the fall.

Originally from Chesterfield, VA, Lisa has spent time in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and St. Charles, Missouri, and moved back to the Richmond area in 2008. Lisa’s experience includes working in a local law firm, in the finance department at Ukrops, and working as an office manager for 2 different Allstate agents in Missouri and Wisconsin. In addition to volunteering as a Girl Scout leader for 11 years, Lisa also cares for her mother and 95-year-old grandmother who still lives by herself and tries to go dancing every Friday night! Lisa, pictured above, enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

Angela Ojeda Guzy

Angela Ojeda Guzy grew up in Southern California and took fresh local produce for granted.  She joined The Farm Table in May 2011 as a Neighborhood Coordinator for the Northside and The Fan, and in July became the Coordinator for Anthem Corporate Members.  In October she handed The Fan route over to current Neighborhood Coordinator, Brittany, while she went to California to get married.  Currently, Angela is the Area Manager for Lakeside, Glen Allen, Mechanicsville, Ashland, Highland Springs, Sandston, Varina, Rocketts Landing, Downtown, The Fan, the Near West End, Bryan Park, and Ginter Park.

Angela and her husband, Bill, love to garden year around. They grow strawberries, squash, beans, peas, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, onions, garlic, horseradish, potatoes in the spring & summer, and all kinds of greens like chard, kale, mustard greens, lettuces during the fall and winter months in their homemade hoop houses.  They also grow Hops to use when brewing beer, and belong to the James River Homebrewers Association.

Angela is a foodie and loves to cook or “concoct” dishes with what she and Bill get from The Farm Table, or right out of their own garden, or the spent grains from brewing beer. Angela’s other passion is as an architect designing healthcare facilities; currently, she works part-time at VA State University where she is working on their Campus Master Plan.  She loves to travel and experience new places and new restaurants.  When it’s time for Angela to relax, it is all about spending quality time with friends around her fire pit, having a glass of wine or beer.

Heather Jeffrey

Heather Jeffrey started as a member of The Farm Table early in the first season, only to quickly become a Neighborhood Coordinator as she was determined to bring the veggies south! After finishing her first year the relationship was bound to grow and so she took on the Area Manager role for South of the James at the start of the second season in January 2012. Heather is responsible for families as far West as Mosely and Chesdin Landing, as far East as Rivers Bend and Hopewell, reaching all the way South into Petersburg and Ft Lee. 

Heather’s family has lived in the Richmond area for over 15 years and after having lived on both sides of the river, it still amazes her that local produce is a search-and-find mission! When she lived in the West end, she worked on bringing farmers to the 17th street market. She moved to Northside and helped bring biodynamic gardening supplies and practices to the greater Richmond gardening community. Heather and her family then ventured to Chesterfield County; the crops around them were limited to small patches of tobacco and a large amount of deer. Although the soil wasn’t what she was used to working in, it was the water – or lack thereof – that refueled her interest in locating farmers and making the connection between their efforts and her family’s food needs!

Heather feels fortunate that she gets to be a wife and a mom at this stage in her life, and is cherishing every minute. The extended Farm Table family has brought, along with great produce, many laughs, and hope that there is still a strong future to good, local eating!

We look forward to introducing you to more Farm Table staff over the course of the season. In the meantime, come meet the Area Managers and your  Neighborhood Coordinator at The Farm Table’s first ever ice cream social. We are hosting an ice cream social on June 3rd from 3:00pm until dusk at Echo Lake Park.  Everyone is asked to bring their favorite ice cream, we will provide the toppings.  Echo Lake offers trails and fishing, so bring your rods and sturdy shoes for an afternoon the whole family can enjoy. Official invite and more details are forthcoming. Save The Date!

2 Responses to “Get to Know: The Farm Table Area Managers”

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    […] love the community you have helped The Farm Table build. Our Members, Area Managers, Farmers, and our Neighborhood Coordinators, together, make a difference in supporting our local […]

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