Board of Directors
‘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!
Ali Robbins – Shenandoah Seasonal
Ali co-owns and operates Shenandoah Seasonal with her husband Dan. Shenandoah Seasonal uses sustainable and organic farming practices and includes includes two acres of produce and a flock of 300 hens for pasture-raised eggs. Now in its second year, Ali has enjoyed seeing her farm grow with LVHMC and the Ashburn Farmers Market where she sells farm fresh goods each Saturday.She has worked in various nonprofit and social service organizations focusing on special event management, fundraising, and program implementation. In addition, Ali managed a small home and learning center called Aziza’s Place that serves orphaned and vulnerable children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for two years. This experience gave her perspective on the type of lifestyle she wanted back home and returned to the USA with a passion to begin a sustainable farming practice to serve her family, friends and community.
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.
Kim Bowman – Hidden Creek Apiary
Kim and her husband own and operate Hidden Creek Apiary. It has been located in Hillsboro, VA since the early 60’s. They specialize in honey and have Beeswax is used to make candles so nothing goes to waste. The farm also grows shiitake mushrooms in oak logs and a wide variety of vegetables and fruits/berries. Kim has been a Member and Vendor of LVHMC since 2009. She has participated in the Ashburn, Cascades and Leesburg markets and has also served on the LVHMA board in the past.