Board of Directors
Jane Gleason – Gleason’s Greenhouse
I began my horticultural endeavors while at WVU in the mid 1970’s. I was an animal science major and I took a few hort classes. Needless to say, I found my passion. After college I worked in a local greenhouse where I learned the practical aspects of growing. I moved to another greenhouse operation where I started doing farmer’s markets, that was 1985. I started my own business in1994 and continued doing several farmer’s markets. I’ve been participating in farmer’s markets for 32 years. I grow annuals, perennials, herbs, hanging baskets, and seasonal potted plants. I’ve been with LVHMC, of and on, since 1994.
‘Old enough to know better, too young to resist’ the youngest of five came back to the Dairy farm in 1982. Transitioned from dairy to beef in 1986. Started direct marketing beef prior to exiting the dairy business. Participated in the early days of the LVHMA. Member of the Loudoun County Farm Bureau, Blue Ridge Cattlemen’s Association, Loudoun Valley Sheep Producers Association. Currently member of the Loudoun County Rural Economic Development Council and Board member of the LCFB. Married thirty years to Janis we have two grown daughters.
Warren Howell – Allder School Berries
Warren Howell, the owner of Allder School Berries, has been planting and picking berries since he was a kid. His first job was picking strawberries on his grandfather’s farm in Elmer, NJ, for 5 cents a quart. Over the decades since then, he has been in and out of agriculture. In the Peace Corps in Chile and Brazil, he worked with sugar beet and sugar cane farmers. For 15 years he translated agricultural project documents for international agencies. From 1987 to 2001 he owned and operated Four Seasons Small Farm Services, a custom farming and horse hay business in Purcellville. While employed from 2001 to 2009 by the Loudoun County government as agricultural marketing manager and agricultural development officer, Howell assisted farms and rural enterprises with marketing and business planning. Also, he started planting blueberries, raspberries and blackberries for a retirement business. Now retired, he has all the time he wants to keep his hand in local agriculture.
Deb Matthews – Chase Your Tail Bakery
Deb Matthews, the owner of Chase Your Tail Bakery, has been baking dog treats for Loudoun County canines since 2005. While working for a telecom company which was going out of business, she found a dog treat bakery for sale on Ebay. The wheels started turning and as they say, the rest is history! The bakery was purchased from a seller in Michigan and a rental truck and plane ticket later, the bakery opened up shop in Leesburg, VA.Deb has many years of experience in telecom and in customer service but the dog treat bakery is one of her finest accomplishments. She also teaches puppy kindergarten class at Dog Day Afternoon in Leesburg and spends any spare time she has with her own two big hairy Shiloh Shepherds, Rock and Grace.Deb takes producing and baking the treats very seriously and knows that she provides some of the best treats produced in the area. Chase Your Tail Bakery has developed a following over the years, even if it is a four legged following!
Julie Strange – Noshy
Julie is the owner and “director of deliciousness” for NoVa’s newest cookie company, Noshy.
A former librarian and technology consultant, she adores good food and rarely says no to a sweet (though she’s very particular about her cookies!). On the board for the 2015-2017 term, she wants to see the organization thrive – and by extension – the communities it serves.
Juan Valencia – Valencia’s Produce
Juan has been in in the leesburg market for over 10 years. He has been farming with his parents pretty much his whole life. His farm is located in Westmoreland County, VA.
Linna Waltz – Harpers Ferry Family Farm
Linna Walz is an active duty military officer and registered nurse who moved to Loudoun County in 2010 along with her husband, Bob, and their 5 children. In 2015, Bob and Linna incorporated Harpers Ferry Family Farm, LLC, and began producing organic poultry meat and organic, free-range chicken eggs. With a focus on conservation and biodiversity, the farm focuses on supporting over 600 chickens representing 25 or more breeds of heritage laying hens, several varieties of poultry meat, and seasonal turkeys. They joined the LVHMC cooperative in 2015 where Linna was elected to the board in late 2016.