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About Us

Growing Food Matters

Farming 4 Hunger (F4H) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2012 to serve those in need of fresh food in Southern Maryland. The organization grows and distributes over a million pounds of locally grown, fresh food each year. Bernie Fowler Jr., the founder, had a vision through his own personal struggles to help people in his hometown gain better access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Bernie was tired of only seeing nutrient-poor foods (canned and boxed goods) going to food banks, aiding in America’s ongoing struggle with childhood obesity and diabetes. He also realized local farmers were struggling to make ends meet. People were being fed, yes, but he realized that we as a community must do better. F4H accomplishes its mission through unique partnerships with local farms, churches, local businesses and schools, the Maryland Food Bank, the Department of Corrections, and a great network of community volunteers.

Meet the F4H Team

Bernie Fowler Jr.Executive Director, President
Bernie is the current President of the Board as well as the Founder of Farming 4 Hunger. He is heavily involved in the direction of F4H programs and his passion for our mission is unrivaled. Through his unwavering dedication and vision, F4H continues to provide hope, unity, healing, faith, and love to our community and their loved ones.

“I have watched many friends and colleagues suffer from this downturn in the economy. Our business suffered greatly. One day while visiting a Maryland Food Drop, I recognized familiar individuals with their families getting food. Several individuals that did contract work on houses my company built. Many of them told me the food helped keep the lights on and the mortgage paid, even if for only a couple months. Only when unity is in CommUnity can we truly help those who have felt forgotten.”

Rachel JonesVice President
Rachel is a native of Southern Maryland. She is a graduate of Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She has served as a mentor to youth in her community since 2002, worked for the United States Senate since 2013, and has served as the Chairperson of Missions at the Church of God in Anne Arundel County, MD since 2014. Rachel has traveled to Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba to aid the poor and meet their needs.

Rachel is the mother of two young sons, Aaron and Benjamin. She is passionate about service, volunteerism, and giving back to others.

Pam Wilkerson Board of Director
Pam brings a suitcase full of diverse skills and talents to Farming 4 Hunger, least of which is her passion for our work. She is currently the Workforce Operations Manager for the Tri County Council for Southern Maryland/Southern Maryland Job Source and serve as President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs Southern Maryland from 2004 – 2009, a youth development non-profit organization in Southern Maryland. Pamela is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and a very involved community activist serving on numerous Boards of Director over the years. She is a native of Calvert County and matriculated in the Calvert County Public School System. In addition, she is an ordained minister in her local ministry, Dominion International Ministries and mother of two fantastic children, Briana and Jimmie.
Barbara IvesBoard of Director
Barbara Ives was voted on to the Board in 2016. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table and has played a vital role in F4H’s relationship with the College of Southern Maryland where she is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Barbara is also the CEO of GI Enterprises, an independent consultant providing innovative educational solutions for schools and the workplace.
Lacey PierceSecretary
Lacey is the Senior Vice President and Senior Lender for the Calvert County Branch of the Community Bank of the Chesapeake. She is currently the Secretary for our Board and is involved with partnerships, advising, and program insight. Lacey has been on the Board since 2016.
Rose FowlerOperations Administrative Specialist
Rose is the love and light of the farm as well. She handles all that happens behind the scenes and coordinates community events, volunteering, as well as making sure the day to day operations are running smooth. Her care and compassion is a true inspiration to not only the volunteers and staff but to the youth and justice-involved individuals at F4H as well. “Momma” Rose is always good for a hug and a word of encouragement.
Anthony (T-Ball) McNeilDrug and Crime Prevention Coordinator
T-Ball is the epitome of what F4H sets out to do. Through his own personal battles and being justice involved himself he has risen above all of it. He is essential to the Youth, Food, and 2nd Chances programs. From training and mentoring men in our 2 nd Chances Program to speaking in schools. T-Ball rises to every challenge with a positive mindset and “can do” attitude. He manages “Grow Iverson” an urban garden that includes 64 raised beds located at Hillcrest Heights. T-Ball is always willing to fill-in where needed in other locations. T-Ball is extremely passionate about working with and coaching justice-involved individuals and has been an amazing addition to the F4H team. T-Ball’s outlook has proven to be invaluable.
Vincent TorboliTower Garden Technician
Vincent, a past Corrections Officer for Calvert County joined F4H in 2019 as a Tower Garden Technician. He quickly took on additional responsibilities to include Youth Outreach and 2nd Chances Supervisor. After volunteering for many years at the farm, meeting inmates from the Maryland Departments of Corrections he made the decision to come on full-time to do what he could do to prevent kids from making decisions that could lead them to incarceration. Vincent installs and maintains Tower Gardens in Calvert, Charles, and Caroline Counties. Vince is assisting our founder with new expansion operations in Denton, MD. Vincent’s passion is to help create healthier and safer communities.
Jaclyn (Jackie) DePiazzaData Analyst/Tower Garden Coordinator
Jackie joined F4H in July of 2019. Her background is in Elementary Education and for 18 years she taught with St. Mary’s County Public school system. Jackie performs data analytics for our Youth Outreach Programs including surveys for middle and high school field trips, in-school mentoring and Tower Gardens. She also manages our “Growing Food Matters Initiative” corresponding with schools. Jackie is very dedicated when it comes to making a difference with youth and healthy eating!
Linda CanfieldGrant Writer/Coordinator
Linda has a passion and personal story directly related to F4H and has been pivotal in acquiring funding for the many different programs that we have to offer. She is always quick to help out where needed and always good for a hug and a smile. Linda works directly with Rose and is involved in many of the events and behind the scenes work that makes the farm tick.

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