About


Our Mission

Plenty! nourishes community and feeds hungry neighbors by growing and sharing food in Floyd County, Virginia. We value freshness in produce and program, generosity in giving and receiving, welcoming each and every person and preserving Floyd County’s land and culture. Our programs provide access to fresh, healthy food and teach growing and cooking skills in the Plenty! Fresh Food Bank, Farm and Gardens, Schools and Gatherings.


Our Staff

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Jonathan – Executive Director

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Elizabeth- Assistant Director

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Rachel – Farm Manager

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Karen & McCabe – Founders of Plenty!

Our Board of Directors

 

 

Kim O’Donnell – President is a retired Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge who was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  She moved with her family to Floyd when she was twelve.  After a 22 year legal career in Richmond, she returned to Floyd County in 2007 to care for her terminally ill mother.   She inherited a deep appreciation for good food from her family and is passionate about building community connections and eradicating food insecurity in Floyd County.  She and her wife, Anita,  own and operate Wishbone Bee and Herb, a family farm devoted to growing Chinese medicinal herbs and beekeeping.

Agatha Grimsley- Vice President is a farmer, food-advocate, and community activist with a passion for healthy food grown with sustainable methods. She has a degree in Environmental Studies – Sustainable Agriculture and serves as Director of Programs for the Virginia Association of Biological Farming.  After working on several vegetable and livestock farms, she spent time as an Agriculture Research Technician for the NCSU Specialty Crops Program before moving to Floyd in 2007 with her husband, David, to start a farm and a family. These days, Agatha keeps busy raising two children, milking a cow, growing food & medicinal herbs, and helping her husband with their consulting business, Taproot Botanical Alliance, through which they work with community organizations to help small-scale farmers increase sustainability through diversity of crops.

Katie Burke – Secretary is Digital Features Editor at the international magazine American Scientist. She has a background studying the history and conservation biology of the American chestnut in southwestern Virginia, and has long loved the diverse natural history of the Appalachians. She has spent more than 15 years teaching and writing about biology and environmental science.

Will Griffin – Treasurer is a Certified Public Accountant who graduated from Floyd County High School in 1986.  Will and his wife, Misty, along with their two children, Reed and Addie (twins) returned to Floyd in 2003 to enjoy small town living.  He is a partner in a CPA firm located in Floyd (Thompson and Griffin, PC. ) He first became aware of Plenty! through his father, Olin Griffin, who had a Plenty! food delivery route.  He began his own Plenty! delivery route shortly afterwards and continues it to this day.  He is also the Mayor of Floyd.


Pamela Pinto was born and raised in New York, but has lived throughout the U.S. mostly for work.  She has 20 plus years in marketing and business development and 10 plus years of fundraising experience in both corporate and non-profit sectors.  She loves everything to do with food; growing it, preserving, cooking, blogging, and especially sharing a meal with others which turned into a baking business.  She moved back to Floyd in 2013 along with her daughter Stella and feels so fortunate to be a part of a such a wonderful community and to be able to raise her daughter here.

Louise Thompson is  Plenty!’s closest neighbor as she  and her late husband, Lewis, used to own the land that is now the home of the Plenty! Farm and Food Pantry.  Plenty!’s pumpkin patch is named The Lewis Thompson Pumpkim Patch in honor of Mr Thompson’s close connection with the Plenty! farm and family.  Louise has a degree in Information Systems Technology and is retired from Citizen’s Telephone Cooperative. She currently serves as a board representative on Plenty!’s special events committee.

Margie Redditt moved to Floyd in the ‘70’s to “live off the land” and raise her two children.  Her passion for education and healthy food led her to become a founder of Blue Mountain School and to work as a manager of the Floyd Mill Co-op.  As a result of her work with the Co-op, she developed an interest in the Slow Food movement and started a convivium in the area.  Eventually, she bought a building and opened the Harvest Moon Food Store, which has been a cherished part of Floyd’s local economy for more than thirty years.  She is passionate about and has been devoted to supporting local growers and producers and bringing affordable quality food to the Floyd community.

Kat Johnson is a California native who has transplanted herself into the rich food and farming world that is Floyd Co Virginia. She received a degree in American History from Mills College and began working in community and school gardens shortly after graduation. Since then farming has taken her to four states, and continues to keep her well fed and inspired.  She is currently working at Patchwork Farm in Copper Hill and has an interest in community organizing and marketing.

Kathy Hosig is a faculty member in public health at Virginia Tech.  She grew up in Mt. Airy, North Carolina and majored in nutrition at Virginia Tech.  After spending seven years in Indiana and Wisconsin for her graduate degree, four years in Little Rock, Arkansas for her first faculty position, and eight years in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina teaching at Western Carolina University, she returned to her Appalachian roots in 2004 to teach at Virginia Tech.  This is where she and her husband wanted to raise their three biological children.  They adopted a sibling group of three from Montgomery/Floyd County in 2012.   Kathy teaches health education/health behavior and program evaluation.  Her research revolves around helping people make healthy choices for nutrition and physical activity.  Kathy serves as Director for the Center for Public Health Practice and Research.  She is happiest when she is out in the community where things really happen.

Joan Earmin is a retired public and private school special education and, homebound and residential teach and educational diagnostician.  She received a B.A. in Education and a Master’s in Administration from Radford University.  She has always been an advocate for others and volunteers in the community coaching soccer, gymnastics and football.  She is also gives her time as a volunteer to Plenty!, Angels in the Attic,  and local elementary schools through the RIFF program.

Christine Stinson is a professor of accounting and business at Ferrum College where she has also served as the college’s Chief Information Officer.  She has a PhD in Business Administration from Stanford University and an MBA in finance from the University of Washington.