White Rose Farm Circle, Inc.

I'd like to introduce the people who have are serving as Board Members of the White Rose Farm Circle, a non-profit organization focused on engaging and involving people in connecting with and caring for the land, the natural world and each other.  

The current Board members are:

Gwen Marable, an octogenarian, is a wise woman. She has performed as a storyteller for a number of years. She initiated a woman's circle at the farm as she was so moved by the work of her friend, Ellie Lindsay. Ellie brought a group of women together on her farm for seasonal rituals. Gwen is an active community member at the Broadmeade Retirement Community, a mother of two, a former Waldorf parent, retired first and second grade teacher in Long Island, New York, and Kripalu-trained yoga instructor. She was at the first event held at the farm in 2003, leits May Day celebrations for the first several years and visits often.

Shelden Luz is a wife, community organizer and new grandmother. She has managed and restored rental properties and homes in Baltimore and Oregon. She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work with a focus on aging. She has worked and volunteered for a variety of organizations in Baltimore. Her daughter and son-in-law are co-founders of an international multi-generational community on a farm in the Rogue Valley of Oregon. The community is becoming a learning center focused on ecological awareness, and being a place where people can come to heal and grow. The center has a strong emphasis on community building, organic farming and permaculture, alternative healing, yoga, and various kinds of therapeutic dance. Shelden and I have been friends now for nearly forty years. She attended the first Solstice Celebration at the farm in December 2003.



Scott Freeland managed a 10-acre garden at the Satchidananda Ashram at Yogaville in Buckingham County, Virginia last year. He planned, supervised and managed the garden that supplied vegetables to the Ashram's kitchen. It feeds some 150 people 3 meals a day. He has negotiated contracts with other farms to provide food for the kitchen. He has networked with regional food producers to save seeds and promote sustainability. Scott volunteered at White Rose Farm in 2011. He had previously managed stores for the top 3 automotive repair companies in America.



Karen Holway graduated with an MBA from the University of Baltimore in 1985. She served as Project Manager for a variety of banks where she was responsible for bank mergers and system upgrades. She later worked with her husband in their custom furniture-making business, handling the marketing and finances as well as building custom furniture. Karen has visited the farm and attended our 10th Anniversary Barn Dance.




Laurel Brennan Bio PicLaurel Brennan has a B.A. in Psychology from Roanoke College and a Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University. She has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2008 for a variety of populations from ages 4 to 94. She completed her 200 hour RYT through YogaFit and enjoys every chance to blend her background in OT with yoga to maximize the benefits for her clients. She practices Occupational Therapy with adult and geriatric populations with a specialty in dementia and healthy aging. She grew up in Westminster and has been married to her husband Mel since 1999 and is a mother of three children. She enjoys the continuous dance that life and yoga provide, always seeking to find balance through consistent learning and ongoing love.

 Margaret Crowther specializes in teaching Horticulture to students with special needs. Currently she is working at St. Elizabeth School in Baltimore City. She also is a founding member and Chair of the Green Committee for the school, and has shown leadership in obtaining Green School status for St. Elizabeth. Developing environmental practices and awareness has been an important goal for Margaret throughout her career. Margaret also has entrepreneurial and business experience as an owner of a flower shop and a catering business and continues to use all of these skills in her present work. She often uses those skills at the seasonal events hosted at White Rose Farm.  

Richard Swerling is a retired pharmacist living in Baltimore, Maryland. He has degrees in both biology and pharmacy.  He has a keen interest in the work of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner especially his philosophy (anthroposophy) and his approach to agriculture: biodynamic farming. This approach sees the earth and land as living organisms with roots in both the physical and spiritual worlds. Since he retired, he has sought to reconnect to the land in a very real and caring way. 

Holly L. Shipley, is our volunteer CPA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration.  She became a Certified Public Accountant in August 1993. Holly provides tax, accounting and business advisory services to a diverse client base, comprised of individuals, partnerships, LLC's, corporations and non-profits.  She is a member of the Maryland Society of Accountants & Tax Professionals, the National Society of Accountants and Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Media Center in Westminster, MD. Holly is an active member of her church and is involved in her children’s sports activities. She enjoys exercising, scrapbooking, and reading. 



Our Season continues....

Join us for A Taste of Salsa, Saturday, August 4, with salsa dancing and salsa from the farm.  Check our calendar for details.  

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White Rose Farm Circle, Inc. fosters community to empower people to work together to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other. Learn more about membership and/or donate to support our 501-c-3 non-profit organization. 

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