White Rose Farm Circle, Inc.
I'd like to introduce the people who have volunteered to serve as Founding Board Members of the White Rose Farm Circle, a non-profit organization that is being formed the expand the work of the farm.
The current Board members are:
Gwen Marable, an octogenarian, is a wise woman. She and I performed together as storytellers in a previous chapter in our lives. She has inspired me to create a woman's circle at the farm as she was so moved by the work of her friend, Ellie Lindsay. Ellie brought a group of women together on her farm for seasonal rituals. Gwen is an active community member at the Broadmeade Retirement Community, a mother of two, a former Waldorf parent, retired first and second grade teacher on Long Island, New York, and Kripalu-trained yoga teacher. She was at the first event at the farm in 2003, led its May Day celebrations for the first several first years, and has visited often.
Shelden Luz is a wife, community organizer and new grandmother. She has managed and restored rental property and homes in Baltimore and Oregon. She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work with focus on aging. She has worked and volunteered for a variety of organizations in Baltimore. Her daughter and son-in-law are co-founders of an intentional multi-generational community on a farm in the Rogue Valley of Oregon. The community is becoming a learning center focused on ecological awareness, a place where people can come to heal and grow. The center has a strong emphasis on community building, organic farming and permaculture, alternative healing, yoga and various kinds of therapeutic dance. Shelden and I have been friends now for nearly forty years. She attended the first Solstice Celebration at the farm in December 2003.
Scott Freeland managed a 10-acre garden at the Satchidananda Ashram at Yogaville in Buckingham County Virginia last year. He planned, supervised and managed the garden that supplied vegetables to the Ashram's kitchen. It feeds some 150 people every meal. He has negotiated contracts with other farms to provide food for the kitchen. He has networked with regional food producers to save seeds and promote sustainability. Scott volunteered at White Rose Farm in 2011. He had previously managed stores for thetop 3 automotive repair companies in America. He volunteered at the farm in 2011.
Karen Holway graduated with an MBA from the University of Baltimore in 1985. She served as Project Manager for a variety of banks where she was responsible for bank mergers and system upgrades. She later worked with her husband in their custom furniture-making business, doing the marketing, finance and building custom furniture. Karen has visited the farm and attended our 10th Anniversary Barn Dance.
Laurel Brennan as a B.A. in Psychology from Roanoke College and a Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University. She has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2008 for a variety of populations from ages 4 to 94. She completed her 200 hour RYT through YogaFit and enjoys every chance to blend her background in OT with yoga to maximize the benefits for her clients. She practices Occupational Therapy with adult and geriatric populations with a specialty in dementia and healthy aging. She grew up in Westminster has been married to Mel since 1999 and is a mother of three children. She enjoys the continuous dance that life and yoga provide, always seeking to find balance, through consistent learning and ongoing love.
Margaret Crowther specializes in teaching Horticulture to students with special needs. Currently she is working at St. Elizabeth School in Baltimore City. She also is a founding member and Chair of the Green Committee for the school, and has shown leadership in obtaining Green School status for St. Elizabeth. Developing environmental practices and awareness has been an important goal for Margaret throughout her career. Margaret also has entrepreneurial and business experience as an owner of a flower shop and a catering business and continues to use all of these skills in her present work. She often uses those skills at the seasonal events hosted at White Rose Farm.