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Board of Directors

Phil Toutant

Chair

Partner, Numinen, DeForge, and Toutant, P.C.
Coach, AAJ National Mock Trial Team, Wayne State Law School

Matt Treado

Vice Chair

Office and Project Manager, Upper Peninsula Engineers & Architects (UPEA)

Dan Perkins

Founder

Partridge Creek Farm and Partridge Creek Compost Founder, Dan Perkins Construction

Mike Hainstock

Secretary

Vice President-Technology, TruNorth Credit Union

Mike A Hainstock

Director

 

Board member

Director

Board Member information to be updated soon

Ellen Koski

Gary Perala

Matt Trewhella

Director

Institutional Researcher II-Strategic Planning Coordinator, Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Northern Michigan University

 

Director

CWO, 906 lifestyle, LLC/Ishpeming Resident

Project Chairperson for District 10 Lions – Defense Against Diabetes (D.A.D.)
Member, D.A.D. Advisory Council – Lansing

Member, Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network Advisory Council
Member, Negaunee Lions Club

 

Treasurer

Senior Financial Analyst at United Health Care

 

 

 

Staff

Sara Johnson

Executive Director

Sara's journey with Partridge Creek Farm began years ago as a dedicated volunteer. Her commitment and leadership were quickly recognized, propelling her from board member to Executive Director in the spring of 2024. With a background as the Market Manager for the bustling Downtown Marquette Farmers Market, she brings a wealth of experience in marketing and event production to her new role. Known for her ability to inspire and empower teams, Sara has a knack for fostering success wherever she goes. When she's not orchestrating community events or strategizing behind her computer screen, you'll likely find her in the kitchen, perfecting homemade tortillas or whipping up tasty dishes sourced from our local region. Join Sara on her journey as she continues to cultivate a thriving, sustainable future for Ishpeming and beyond.

Camden Kinnie

Communications and Social Media Vista

Camden Kinnie (she/her) is our Communications, Marketing, and Community Outreach Vista Member. Camden started working with Partridge Creek Farm through Americorps in January of 2023 and will be with us until January 2024. After graduating from MSU Camden moved to the U.P. in 2021 and enjoys all outdoor activities. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, climbing, camping with her dog, and reading.

Danielle Sidor

Community Garden and CSA Manager

Danielle's background is primarily in production oriented, diversified vegetable farming. Danielle finds great joy in the ways that food brings people together. Some of my best and deepest relationships have been build around local food and farming. Danielle's time outside of work is spent enjoying the fruits of her labor (she loves to cook!). She is the happiest outside, and when she's not out in the gardens, you can find her adventuring with her pup Yoti (biking, hiking, finding a good secret swim spot, backpacking, etc.), traveling on the off season, and spending time with dear friends.

 

 

Allison Stawara

Farm Manager

Allison Stawara (she/they) has been part of Partridge Creek Farm since the spring of 2022, and has been farming vegetables in the Upper Peninsula for the past six years. Originally hailing from Southeast Michigan, Allison attended MSU for a BS in Horticulture, which is where their passion for growing vegetables truly began. She has worked on several farms throughout the state, and is particularly enamoured with storage crops and seasonal extension in the cold climates of the UP. When they're not working on the development of the Intergenerational Farm, Allison loves to ride bikes, hike, ski and spend time cooking with local produce.

Mary Antonia Andronis

Director of Programs and Partnerships

Mary Antonia Andronis, has a rich background in community development, education, and agriculture. Mary was raised amidst her family's gardens where she learned the intricacies of planting and the joy of sharing produce. Her journey led her to explore community-based agricultural practices in the Amazon and the Andes. With graduate training in anthropology and language, she continued her career as an educator, fostering relationships locally and abroad. With over two decades of experience in both public and private sectors, Mary brings a diverse skill set shaped by a lifetime of growing food, fieldwork, and educational endeavors. Her expertise is a valuable asset to the Partridge Creek Farm team. In her leisure time, Mary enjoys gardening, playing music, and knitting.

2023 Interns, AmeriCorps Vista Members, and Volunteers

Dale Honeycutt

GIS Expert and Technology Volunteer

Ray Bush

Seed saving, starting and foraging volunteer

Matt Ricketts

Website Volunteer

Adrian Tello

Growing and Giving intern

Esme Petitjean

Growing and Giving Intern

Madeline Bray

Growing and Giving Intern

Annie Lippert

Growing and Giving Intern

Julia Allen

Growing and Giving Intern

Ashley Fitzpatrick

Growing and Giving Intern

Heather Maurer

Content Creation Intern

Mary Jane Bauer

Seed to Seed Intern

Other Community Partners

Luttinen Accounting