The Treasure Valley Food Coalition is a 501c3 non-profit organization promoting a vibrant local food economy in the Treasure Valley Food Shed of Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon. We created TVFC when we realized there was a need for a local organization to focus on the food system as a whole.
We are currently operating as a small board of volunteers. We collaborate with businesses, educational institutions, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and individual citizens around food system issues.
To contact us, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Janie has been active in providing local food for local people since 1989 when she started selling organic vegetables at Boise’s first downtown farmers’ market. She is a charter vendor of the new Boise Farmers Market where she sells grass-fed lamb and pastured poultry raised on her 16-acre Meadowlark Farm south of Nampa. Over the past 28 years, she has raised a wide variety of crops, sold to restaurants, CSA’s and to retail stores and participated in many events raising awareness about food system issues.
Elaine KazakoffVice President
Elaine is a 35+ year resident of Boise. She is a graduate of Boise State University and worked in Sales and Supply Chain Operations at Boise Cascade and then HP. She has been personally committed to the local food movement for many years and believes buying local, sustainably produced food can and will make a difference. She joined the Treasure Valley Food Coalition in the fall of 2013 and enjoys the opportunity to work with the many partners TVFC engages with.
Jade Florence holds a Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University. During her doctoral work, she partnered with NCAP to study the effect of mulching on mummy berry disease development in organic blueberry production. Following her Ph.D., she served as a volunteer plant pathologist and integrated disease management advisor for the Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office (PAFO) in Laos, Southeast Asia. Her work focused on determining the causal agent of watermelon wilt in Laos and training PAFO staff in plant disease diagnosis. Jade has a deep passion for sustainable agriculture, grower participatory research, and grower education.
Susan is an educator, cook, gardener, and food enthusiast who has actively promoted local sustainable agriculture for many years, including several years at BUGS where she developed the culinary program, and three years as treasurer of the Treasure Valley Food Coalition. She was an early promoter of backyard chickens, has worked privately with farmers, chefs and the community to increase local food consumption, and helped start the Village Table to raise money for local farm projects.
Breland DraperBoard Member
Jessica HarroldBoard Member
Gardening started Jessica’s interest in local food, and farming turned it into a passion. Seeing how local food was grown on a larger scale showed her the importance of our local farmers. She now manages a microfarm with her husband, and hopes to inspire and promote other local farmers.
Sam MayfieldBoard Member
Sam Mayfield is a video journalist and filmmaker. She moved back to Idaho in 2015 after spending nearly 12 years in Burlington, Vt. She has a deep love for local food and for protecting the rights of farmworkers. She loves bees, has a big backyard garden and believes in food justice for all.
Maria MinicucciBoard Member
Maria is a New England transplant, with many years of trying to put down roots into Idaho’s desert soil. After pining for the farm stands on every back road of her youth, she joined the efforts to support locally produced food – mostly on the consumption side.
TJ StevensBoard Member
TJ is the General Manager for Idaho’s Bounty Cooperative, our local food distributor. She serves on the IORC Food and Ag Task Force, the Chamber of Commerce Ag and Food Steering Committee, and the Idaho Summit for Hunger Relief Local Foods Track planning committee, She also served on the Boise Co-op Board of directors for 5 years, 3 as president and 1 as secretary as well as the Wood River Valley Harvest Festival Steering committee for 2 years.