Board of Directors

Tara is a recent OCAD University graduate who has been working at The Big Carrot for the last 5 years. She graduated during the pandemic in 2021 with a specialization in Digital Painting & Animation and a minor in Art & Social Change while simultaneously working as the Produce & Bulk manager at the The Big Carrot, connecting with organic farmers all over Ontario. Tara's artwork explores themes of health and wellness which feeds her working experience in food farming and sustainability. As a new Board member of the Carrot Cache, Tara is looking forward to supporting initiatives that ameliorate and enrich food systems.

Sarah Dobec

Through camping, travel, a farming internship and an education in nutrition & natural health, Sarah has fostered a lifelong appreciation for the natural world. She is honoured to hold a position on the board of the Carrot Cache where the mission is to support people working on sustainable and just food projects. Sarah has had a diverse career holding positions in management, communications, teaching, public relations and customer service. She's happiest gardening, cross country skiing, playing tennis and spending time in nature.

Rebekka Hutton

Rebekka is wildly interested in food and the people that grow, harvest, distribute, prepare, and eat it. She has been a Carrot Cache Board member since March 2017, and was the grants coordinator for 3 years prior. She runs a Toronto-based fermented food & drinks company.

Peter Mitchell

Peter spent ten years teaching in the Community Studies program at Humber College, eight years as director of recreation and community development for Bell Canada International in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and twenty Years as a Research Associate at the University of Guelph in the Centre for Land and Water Stewardship. He co-wrote the Woodlot Management Handbook, a National Bestseller, and the Caring for Your Land books for the Niagara Escarpment, the Carolinian Canada Zone and the Oak Ridges Moraine. Peter started the World Crops Program in 2007at the University of Guelph and received the Premier's Agri-Food Innovation Excellence award for this project in 2011-2012. He currently manages a project called New Canadians Go Greenbelt and manages the Young Conservation Professionals Program. Peter is a past Board Member of; the Sustainability Network, Toronto Food Policy Council, Ontario Farm Land Trust, and Humber Watershed Alliance. He currently serves as a on the Board of Directors for the Carrot Cache, Montgomery's Inn and the Etobicoke-Mimico Watershed Alliance.

Karen NewMan

Karen left the hustle and bustle of Bay Street to focus on a healthier work / life balance. Due to her interest in nutrition, desire for a healthier lifestyle and passion for organic local produce, she pursued a career as a Holistic Nutritionist. She has a passion for learning and continues to expand her knowledge.  Karen joined The Big Carrot in 2019 and is a member of The Big Carrot Board of Directors. She is proud to be a member of the Carrot Cache Board and looks forward to supporting local food initiatives.

Tom Walsh

Tom and his wife Julia raised their four children unconventionally in Peru, Panama, Ecuador and Nicaragua. He was involved with community economic development and human rights work at both the grass roots level and institutionally. Food security and sovereignty has often been present in this work. During the past 45 years his family has had brief stints in Canada to where they have now returned. Currently Tom is the Property Manager at Carrot Common and pleased to be a Board member of Carrot Cache.

Stanislas Leveau-Vallier

Stanislas Leveau-Vallier has worked in project management for 12 years in Canada and in Europe, with projects ranging from strategy consulting to marketing for a daily newspaper, from creating a private chef internet platform to supporting artistic projects in Toronto.Through these experiences and a round-the-world trip, Stanislas developed a keen interest in social, environmental and cultural impacts.Food production and consumption practices are a major concern to this father of 3 young children. In his current Property Management role at Carrot Common, Stanislas finds a great sense of purpose in knowing that good management helps increase contributions to the Carrot Cache Fund.