The board and staff at Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) are very pleased to announce our newest board member, Kendra Kimbirauskas.
FTCLDF Executive Director Alexia Kulwiec states, “Kendra’s agricultural policy experience along with her own farming expertise is invaluable. FTCLDF is delighted to have Kendra join the Board and looks forward to her contributions.”
Kendra acts as the Director of Agriculture and Food Systems at State Innovation Exchange, overseeing their rural, sustainable agriculture, and food systems work. She brings nearly two decades of experience in agricultural policy and rural organizing. Kendra has worked alongside citizen groups, environmental advocates, and sustainable agriculture organizations to shape ecologically responsible farm and food policies at the state level. Kendra co-founded what is now Oregon’s most influential small farm advocacy organization, Friends of Family Farmers. She also spent time working with the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, the Sierra Club, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.
Kendra grew up on a Michigan dairy farm and now runs her own small raw milk dairy in Scio, Oregon. She and her husband also raise beef cattle, hogs, goats, and poultry on pasture. When not working or farming, Kendra can usually be found in the garden, riding her horse, or playing with her dogs.
Kendra says she is thrilled to serve on the FTCLDF Board of Directors to lend her experience and expertise “as both a small farmer and policy expert to the FTCLDF membership as we fight for our ability to provide farm fresh, wholesome food to our communities.”
FTCLDF, founded in 2007, is the nation’s leading 501(c)(4) nonprofit supporting people’s right to raise, produce, and consume the foods of their choice. Our work includes research, education, advocacy, and legal services and is supported chiefly by our members and grants.
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Services provided by FTCLDF go beyond legal representation for members in court cases.
Educational and policy work also provide an avenue for FTCLDF to build grassroots activism to create the most favorable regulatory climate possible. In addition to advising on bill language, FTCLDF supports favorable legislation via action alerts and social media outreach.