Innovators

Ann DeLaVergne

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Ann DeLaVergne, Director of OCFP, has been a community organizer since 1992.  She started a CSA farm in Stillwater, MN, worked as the Membership and Marketing Manager for a  Market Co-op, established Meadowlark Community Garden (now in its’ 24th year) and has fostered healthy eating, economic development and environmental stewardship through grassroots organizing and institutional policy change. In 2002, Ann started ecoEnvelopes reusable envelopes with Patented designs to reduce paper waste in the mail. She integrates community organizing and business development skills to support people, a clean sustainable environment, and access to healthy food choices for a healthy future for all.  The Minnesota Department of Health awarded Ann a Community Service Recognition Award for 2012.

Ann engages participants in planing by using the Technology of Participation (ToPs) to organize and establish steps to accomplish the desired outcomes or project.  She is a skilled facilitator of group communication, and leads teams of people to help them further their group potential and reach their ultimate goal.  In her work, Anne strives to create an inclusive environment, helping animate ideas and programs that lead to long lasting community owned success.

Susan Jackson, Cimarron Community Gardener

Susan Jackson, Cimarron Community Farm

Jasmine, Damian, Ann, Taylor, Sean

Jasmine, Damian, Ann, Taylor, Sean.  Cimarron Community Farm

Vincente, Christiana, Charles, Nosa, Rose, and Moses

Vincente, Christiana, Charles, Nosa, Rose, and Moses.  Harmony Community Garden