Transitions at Village Gardens

Dear Village Gardens Community,

After nearly 10 years with this amazing program, I have decided to transition out of my role as Program Director of Village Gardens. I have been deeply transformed by the Village Gardens community, and have learned a great deal about what it can mean to partner with people, play my part, follow the lead of others, take the lead when needed, and most importantly to trust in the wisdom of the community to know what it needs.  After a phenomenal decade, it is now time for me to focus energy on my own family and health, and I look forward to my next chapter with more time for my two year old.

Over my time at Village Gardens, I have had the opportunity to work alongside inspiring teenagers as they grew a working certified organic farm business from a small 700 square foot garden.  I have had the chance to see a community come together to open and support the Village Market, start a farmers market, launch new micro-enterprises, expand community gardens and orchards, lead community health promotion, and develop numerous community partnerships.  I have been able to work with an incredible staff made up of some of the most dedicated and generous people that I know. I have been honored to work with the community volunteers of Village Gardens who exceed all expectations with their vision, commitment, and generosity in service to improving their community for their neighbors and families. Together we have worked to create a bit more justice in the world – from healthy food access, to more jobs for teens, to community self-determination and collective voice.

I am forever grateful, and forever changed by this work, and I look forward to seeing the next chapter of the program unfold. I am confident in its future and make this transition believing strongly in its road ahead.  My last day as the director will be July 31st, though I will be available to support the transition period as needed over the next few months, and hope to stay connected to the program long-term as a committed volunteer and supporter. Delphine Criscenzo, who has been our Development Assistant this past year, will be stepping in as Interim Program Director while a full search for a new Program Director is conducted.  She can be reached at and 503-927-0820.  We anticipate that the Program Director position will be posted shortly, and ask for your assistance in sharing the posting widely.

Thank you for your continued support of Village Gardens during this time of transition, and for all you have done to support the work thus far.  It is only because of the strength of your investment that Village Gardens continues to grow.

With a spirit of hope,

Amber Baker