West Side Farmers Market is a 501c3 non-profit governed by a volunteer board and run by an executive director.
Meet the Executive Director
Molly Phipps – Executive Director
Molly Phipps is the Executive Director of the West Side Farmers Market and has been integrally involved with the market since 2013. She has a Bachelor’s in Geology-biology from Brown University and a PhD in Science Education and Oceanography from Oregon State University. Molly has been a climate scientist, a teacher, a mentor, an educational researcher and evaluator, and an environmental educator in a search for the best way to create a positive impact on the environment and community well-being. Building and strengthening the West Side Farmers Market represents an intersection of a number of Molly’s interests: food, climate change education, and community. As we move away from a fossil fuel-dependent food system we need to drastically change our ways of feeding ourselves and taking care of each other at the local level. By nurturing and supporting small-scale farms and farmers, teaching people the joys and benefits of eating local food, and encouraging a more interconnected and self-reliant community, Molly has found her way to make a meaningful impact on climate mitigation and adaptation.
Meet the Market Manager
We will be hiring a new market manager for the 2021 season.
Meet the Current Board
Mackenzie Dolo-Tolstoy President (2021-2023)
Dr. Dolo-Tolstoy brings a wealth and depth of experience to psychology and the international fields of education and training, program development with multiple technology platforms, and conflict transformation. She mentors, coaches, and provides support to learners in the areas of humanities, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and communications.
She has taught and initiated education and counseling programs around the world in Indonesia, China, Cambodia, Kuwait, Oman, Switzerland, and Mali (where she was raised and has dual citizenship).
Mackenzie has transitioned from academic teaching to working in training and organization management still focusing on well-being and creative solutions. She can empower clients with the ability to take nebulous dreams and channel their energy into being able to forge practical solutions that assist with their life goals.
When Mackenzie is not teaching or traveling, she enjoys gaming and researching community building and the visceral impact of virtual environments, user-centered design, hope and wellbeing model of development, transition adjustment and conflict transformation.
Gwen Goodman Treasurer (2021)
Gwen moved to the West Side in 1998 where she had her first garden, although no longer on the West Side, she has plenty of reasons to keep coming back. Classically trained in Accounting, she has over 20 years of experience as an Entrepreneur, Public Accounting, and most recently helping companies across the Twin Cities as a Finance/Accounting and IT Systems Consultant. Having an affinity for the West Side and believing there is no better community in the Metro, she is excited to help the WSFM grow and continue to prosper. Gwen continues to garden and is excited to start an apothecary garden this year.
Laura Gosewisch – Secretary (2019-2022)
Laura has been a vendor with the West Side Farmer’s Market since 2016 when she and her wife Cathy started the Vital Ground Farm Network – a collaborative for farmers and entrepreneurs that cultivates relationships between makers, consumers, and local food. When she’s not farming, she is running her massage therapy practice or speaking at conferences for women, farmers and entrepreneurs.
Matthias Peterson-Brandt (2021)
Matthias moved with his family to Minnesota in the summer of 2019, landing in the West Side. Right away the WSFM became a regular staple of Saturday mornings. The WSFM’s sense of community, support for local agriculture, delicious fresh foods, celebration of arts and music, and concern for addressing climate change all connect with his own passions. Now he is excited to support the market on the board. Matthias brings skills in volunteer management, fundraising, grant-writing, and community building. He is delighted to serve as pastor at Cherokee Park United Church on the West Side. Among his pastimes and interests are ultimate frisbee, gaming, reading, and endless imaginative games with his two children.
Laurie Sovell (2021-2023)
Laurie grew up in that other Twin City and became a West Sider, along with her two kids and husband, 17 years ago. She loves the river and works to connect people all over Minnesota with our waters by helping them track river health. She has a particular interest in the connections between food systems, watersheds, and people and can’t wait to dive into the work of the WSFM!
Rob Warmboe (2021)
Rob Warmboe moved to the west side in May 2017 after living all over Minnesota. Rob was raised in a farming town, and appreciated fresh produce grown by his friends and family. He pays the bills by working for Hennepin County as a Human Services Representative, working with families in maintaining SNAP, MFIP, and Medicaid benefits. Before that, he was Housing Case Manager and statistician for Evergreen Youth & Family Services in Bemidji MN, where he helped homeless teens find and maintain housing.
Rob is also the Vice President and Mistress of Novices for the Ladies of the Lakes, the MN house of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is an international order of drag nuns who work to promulgate joy and expiate stigmatic guilt in their communities. Rob’s persona, Sister Tammy Gaye-Bakery, works with new members in establishing their drag personas and use their talents in serving the community at large.
In their free time, Rob and his husband Jim are working on restoring their 113-year-old home in the West Side filled with lead paint, asbestos, and woodwork worth preserving.
Interested in joining the board?
People are nominated to serve on the Board of Directors each fall with terms beginning in January. First time board members serve one-year terms, while subsequent terms are for three years.
Although the application is now closed, we welcome new volunteers throughout the year for on-site and off-site opportunities.
Please contact us at board (at) westsidefarmersmarket.net to get involved.