The Fair’s New Board

After two years of successes-despite-adversity, the Board terms of the original co-founders of DC State Fair are over, opening up room for new enthusiasts to help shape the agriculture-, craft-, culinary-, and community-celebrating organization.

We are pleased to welcome to our ranks three new board members! They will join current Board members David Manuel and Sylvie Nguyen to help make DC State Fair bigger and better than ever!

You can meet some of the old and new Board members at the DC State Fair information booth at Rooting DC this Saturday.

Rhea Kennedy

A resident of the District since 2003, Rhea Yablon Kennedy has indulged her passion for food by working as a cook and private chef, growing vegetables, and writing about it for regional and national publications. She has also been involved with the sustainable food and environmental justice organizations DC Food for All and Etz Chayim DC. Kennedy teaches English and general studies at Gallaudet University, where she is excited to introduce a course on sustainable food in DC in spring 2012. She also looks forward to returning to her plot at the Blair Road Community Garden. Find her writing clips, thoughts on writing, and the occasional weeding metaphor at

Nicole Donnelly

Nicole Donnelly is originally from New Jersey, but her time in DC (and the surrounding area) is quickly approaching the number of years she lived in her home state. She taught herself to can in 2000 in order to accommodate her obsessive tendency to cram her freezer full of tomato sauce every tomato season. At the request of friends, she used this new-found skill to produce pickles and jams to rave reviews. In 2010 she solidified her knowledge and obtained certification as a Master Food Preserver through the Cooperative Extension System. She has shared her passion for pickling through teaching others how to can, volunteering with the DC State Fair, and appearing on the Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss pickling. When not preserving food, Nicole can be found knitting, cooking, or riding her bike. She shares the details of these passions in her blogs Gin and Pickles and Pedal ‘n Purl. In order to finance her hobbies, Nicole spends her days preserving data as Computer Forensics and Electronic Discovery Consultant for an international consulting firm.

Julie Moeller

Julie Moeller loves the DC State Fair, especially after walking home from the 2010 event with the Blue Ribbon for best pie. A Chicago native, Julie arrived in DC almost 20 years ago to work on Capitol Hill. Neither she, nor the rural Massachusetts native she met here, thought they would live in the area long. Both quickly fell in love with all the area has to offer and are proud Washingtonians – along with their three terrific kids. Until recently, Julie served a national nonprofit as a VP of government affairs. She left her full-time position to attend to young children and work as a consultant. She and her husband tend bees, harvest veggies from a community garden on Capitol Hill, and keep a square-foot garden in a back alley plot. Long train commutes to New Jersey for work drove Julie to learn knitting, and she’s recently taken up sewing. Julie is a self-taught baker who shows affection through food – and she is lucky to have many friends to feed.

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