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Meet The Team!

Here are the people who make the Farm & Food Hub possible.

Judy Stafford

Executive Director

Born in Vancouver, Judy took a long detour through life and other countries before she was enticed back to this gorgeous Valley. Blessed to be living on a float house and working in a fabulous organization that fuels her creative and environmental fire, she’s reminded how much more inspiring life is when working in a place that is aligned with her passions.

Janice MacKirdy

Farm Hub Manager

Janice has lived in the Cowichan Valley since her early teens and has been a passionate gardener and farmer for over 35 years. She has run a small hobby farm, supplying the bulk of her and her family’s needs. Jan’s working career has revolved around plants, growing and creative construction.

Nathan Harben

Food Recovery Manager

With a background in marine biology, Nathan originally set out to work solely within marine conservation, but since moving to the island five years ago, he has developed a new passion for sustainable farming and the Cowichan region. He now owns and runs ‘Local Forage Farm’ in Glenora, which focuses on ethically raised animals and an abundance of fruit and vegetables. He has also networked within the community and worked at a number of local farming businesses, including Averill Creek Vineyards, Evening Cove Oysters, and Haltwhistle Cheese Co, to name a few. Nathan’s new position within the food recovery team aligns with his need to connect with community and move toward a more secure and sustainable food system

Hannah Auer

The Resiliency Project Coordinator

Hannah Auer is a homesteader and a community organizer, grateful to be living and creating on Quw’utsun territory. She is a mother of two beautiful wild children. Hannah is also a storyteller and fibre artist who works with the local environmental arts collective, Mother Rising, to breathe art and ritual into environmental issues. She is working on The Resiliency Project at the Cowichan Green Community, building ecological resiliency and community connection through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Hugo Millère

Web Designer & Developer

Hugo Millère is a qualified and experienced Web Designer and Developer. Having evolved in web agencies since the early stage of internet and now independent, Hugo has accumulated 25 years of experience that allowed him to learn about the various technologies and specialties of the web. His expertise in design, development, UX/UI, but also social networks and content writing make him an ideal partner for the design and realization of internet projects, whatever their size and purpose. Hugo joined Cowichan Farm & Food Hub community in February 2022 to support us in our online communication approach and bring another dimension to our charitable actions; but also to give even more sense to his work that he wants more people oriented. His favorite motto: “We didn’t know it was impossible. So we did it!” (Mark Twain).
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