Nursery owner Angela Bailey began work July 18 as the new grass roots coordinator for Oregonians for Food and Shelter, the ag and timber lobbying group.
Executive Director Katie Fast said the OFS board went through a planning process with stakeholders to review the group’s work and focus, especially since the 2015 retirement of Paulette Pyle, the organization’s revered and well-known connection to legislators and regulatory agencies.
The review process made it clear there was a gap in working with producers who need to be telling their story at the local level, Fast said.
“We’re challenged around GE (genetically engineered) crops, aerial spraying and pesticides in general,” she said. “We want to focus on working with people on a community level, and give them the tools to engage around the issues,”
Bailey, owner of Verna Jean Nursery near Gresham, Ore., has the experience to do that, Fast said.
Bailey, known to friends as “Angi,” served as the Oregon Farm Bureau’s second vice president in 2015 and won the Outstanding Farm Bureau Woman Award during its 2014 annual meeting. She’s also a graduate of the American Farm Bureau’s communications “boot camp,” She’s been active with the Oregon Association of Nurseries and other groups.
She and her husband, Larry, have two daughters. Bailey hadn’t planned a career in the nursery business but took over the nursery in 2005 after her mother died unexpectedly. The nursery specializes in ornamental trees, including Japanese maples and monkey puzzle trees.