Faces at the Farm

Jeff and Melissa Roessing / founders & co-directors & grunt

Jeff and Melissa founded Eighth Day Farm in 2010. They now serve as co-directors of the organization who implement the program work out of the Growth Center.

Melissa graduated from Grand Valley State University with her MSW, practiced social work at Hospice of Holland for six years, was director of the Reciprocal Language Partnership and is currently serving as the Stabilization Services Supervisor (Food Pantry) and CHP case manager at Community Action House. The only thing she enjoys more than fellowship is fellowship around good food.

Jeff received his bachelors at Grand Valley State University where he studied History and Sociology and then his Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary. He likes to tell people that he started his undergrad studying biology and art and with the farm has come full circle. An urban farm captures the intersection of his passions: economic justice, ecological stewardship, manual labor, art, and community development. But he insists that the passion buttressing all these passions is the unique promise of the gospel of Jesus.

Together Jeff and Melissa are blessed to raise their three kids- Tsepo, Naomi and McKenna- in a supportive and vibrant community in downtown Holland on 18th Street.

Kyle VanEerden / Urban CSA manager

2017 is Kyle’s fifth season with Eighth Day and his second managing the CSA out of the Holland Town Center. Kyle graduated from Trinity Christian College in December 2012 with a degree in Sociology and Theology, but quickly realized that his real passion is playing in the soil. He now lives at Hope College where he works as a Resident Director.

Brooke Wolters / Urban CSA assistant manager

A Holland native, Brooke is entering her second season at Eighth Day.

The Board of Directors

  • Carter Baer
  • Andy Krino
  • Elyse Cisler
  • Peter Christensen
  • Chris Bohle
  • Matt Richardson