Biology Professor, Global Educator, Volunteer Project Organizer, Naturalist & Gardener
Jane and her husband Ken have settled in Floyd after a life as international science educators. They are now adjunct science professors at Radford University and stay busy growing organic food and protecting local ecology. Jane is presently active in several community organizations in Floyd and runs the Wild Edibles Organic Garden Club.
Mike received his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1988 and practiced trial law in North Carolina for 10 years. He farmed in Floyd for several years before accepting the position of Director of SustainFloyd. He was an active and successful leader of the organization until 2013 when he left to work as independent consultant on local food systems development. He served as a board member of the Virginia Association for Biological Farmers and with the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. Mike lives in a straw bale, solar-powered, wood-heated home he constructed and is very engaged with the local community.
Bill has lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains most of his life, and has made his living photographing the regional landscape. He and his wife, Joanne, own the Bell Gallery in downtown Floyd, where they showcase their own work as well as many other local artists.
Since attending his first Earth Day in 1970, Bill has continued to study issues related to sustainability, economy, ecology, and societal change.
Banker, Community Volunteer
Karin lives and works in Floyd. She is the Branch Manager at the Floyd branch of Bank of Floyd (soon to be renamed!), and her favorite thing to do is to work with the many community organizations which do good work in our area. Karin is a member of Partnership for Floyd, an officer with the Rotary Club of Floyd, and a board member of the Floyd Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. She serves on the Development Committee for SustainFloyd.
Sustainable Farmer, Chocolatier, Author
Morgan Ohland inherited her green thumb from her mother, a life-long gardener and military wife who has grown vegetables all over the United States. Morgan developed an interest in sustainable agriculture when she was ‘transplanted’ to Central Florida from the northeast in 1999. She spent the next 11 years cultivating vegetables and raising community awareness about food.
Her first commercial venture began in 2005 when she started a gardening service that set up and maintained private vegetable gardens for residents in Brevard County, FL. By 2006 she had leased her first piece of land in Cocoa, FL and founded Four Hands Farm, LLC – Brevard County’s first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Morgan specialized in small-scale (less than 5 acres), organic, sustainable vegetable crop production and CSA management and was a regular speaker at meetings and events around Central Florida, taught gardening workshops and classes to kids and adults and provided consulting services to individuals and organizations interested in local food production.
In 2010 Farmer Morgan relocated with her husband to Virginia and spent the next four years supporting small local businesses with their accounting and operations needs and the next two at VA Tech as a financial analyst. She is currently the Chocolatier at Floyd’s new hand-crafted chocolate shop – Cocoa Mia – and is working on a book titled ‘Opting Out of the American Food Machine’.
Marjory Wells is a retired Nurse-Midwife. She lived in South Carolina for most of her adult life. She enjoys the art and jewelry classes at the Floyd Center for the Arts. She has been involved with Partnership for Floyd and the trails. She loves being in Floyd.
Consultant in Sustainable Agriculture
Mark lives in Floyd as part of the Abundant Dawn Community. He provides one-on-one consulting for farmers and homesteaders including soil test interpretation, soil health, and nutrient, weed, and pest management for ecological and organic production systems. He also works with National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in advocating for more sustainable farm and food system policy at the federal level.
Barbara has been covering organic agriculture for 30 years, first with Organic Gardening magazine and now with Mother Earth News. Author of several award-winning books, she serves on SustainFloyd’s Film Committee.
Tom Franko tree-planted for years to purchase a stake in a Floyd intentional community – Zephyr – then built a home from timber and stone and found a vocation in the local timber framing industry.
Tom is quiet but outspoken when necessary. He is a husband, father and grandfather. He loves to travel and still works to sustain that. Human connection is the true stuff of life and nothing like an honest community to provide opportunity for that.
Lydeana grew up in Floyd County and is fortunate to still call it home. She works closely with the local Economic Development Authority on business development initiatives as well as with non-profits and the local Planning Commission. She serves on the SustainFloyd Stewardship committee.
Dave Albee moved to Floyd in 2012 and is homesteading on fifteen acres. He serves on the Energy Committee.