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Edition Date: December 18, 2006
New board members appointed to 21 Acres

21 Acres, a non-profit organization focusing on preserving land in the Sammamish Valley, announced the recent appointments of Dale Nelson and Claire Thomas to the Board of Directors.

Dale Nelson, is the owner and founder of Food Concepts, Inc., a full-service specialty food development company in Washington State. Nelson has expertise in farm production, product innovation and new product development.

Claire Thomas, owner of Root Connection in the Valley, has supplied hundreds of families in the community with fresh, organic produce. In addition to planting and harvesting, Thomas and her employees have a successful Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program along with their U-pick gardens and participate in local Farmers Markets.

Other members of the 21 Acres Board of Directors include Dave Muehleisen, Washington State University’s Small Farms Program Coordinator; Gretchen Garth, community volunteer and honorary member, Carol Edwards, publisher of the Woodinville Weekly.

Garth and Edwards were members of the team that helped advise and nurture the long-standing Woodinville Farmers Market. 21 Acres is divided into several areas. The front three acres will be home to the farmers market, classrooms and commercial kitchen in a “green building” featuring passive and active solar, rain barrels, cold storage, etc. Also within the front three acres are 80 community gardens that have been gardened by an enthusiastic group for the last three seasons.

The Back 18 Farm & Trails currently has five acres being farmed and managed by Growing Washington and is being developed into a community farm where all participants will grow food for the market, local cafeterias, restaurants and CSAs.

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