Dave Renn, Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program Manager: Dave's work focuses on development of resources, workshops, and trainings for new entrants into Montana agriculture. He manages the Farm Link Montana website, a centralized resource to connect beginning farmers and ranchers to land, jobs, mentors, and information. Dave received a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Oregon and spent the next decade working in education, on-farm and off-farm. He has pursued the dream of starting his own farm through apprenticeships and staff positions on vegetable, livestock, and research operations in Oregon, Washington, and Montana. Through this process, he has experienced a wide array of educational styles and farmer training programs and is excited to bring that knowledge to CFAC. He is focused on creating meaningful opportunities for aspiring farmers to pursue their dreams in Montana.
Shay Farmer, Regional Food Access Coordinator: Shay’s work focuses on helping to implement the Double SNAP Dollars program and food sovereignty classes in the Mission Valley in conjunction with the Polson Farmers Market. She also provides regional technical assistance on implementing and fundraising for nutrition incentive programs at farmers markets. Shay received her bachelor's degree in International Political Science from Arcadia University in 2009. Prior to CFAC, Shay worked at Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center in Ronan as the Farm to Institution Program Manager, working to increase local food being served at schools, hospitals, and other public institutions through forward contracting and cooperative purchasing initiatives. She has also served many stints in various AmeriCorps programs, learning important skills in building social capital and community organizing. Shay hopes to bring her experiences to CFAC to help increase local and healthy food access to all demographics in western Montana.