Who We Are



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Jeff Roessing, Eighth Day Farm Manager

Jeff lives on 18th Street with his wife Melissa, and three children, Tsepo, Naomi, and McKenna. Jeff graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2004 and Western Theological Seminary in 2007.






eighth day bio shotKyle VanEerden, Town Center Manager

This is Kyle’s third season with Eighth Day and he will be managing the daily operations of the Town Center property this season. 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.





Sarah Hofman-Graham, Community Programs Coordinator

Sarah Hofman-Graham joined Eighth Day Farm in 2015. She leads the Backyard to Table program along with a handful of other educational opportunities. She has also worked on community garden projects with Baxter Community Center and South End Community Outreach Ministries while earning her BA in Environmental Studies from Calvin College. She and her husband Ian enjoy cooking and eating together, especially with a houseful of friends.





Aubrey Poppen, Assistant

Aubrey is a 23 year old Holland native who lives on 19th St. She is a song singer, a tea drinker, a canoe paddler, and a homeowner. She also works at O’Malley Chiropractic in town. Aubrey cares deeply about holistic health, food justice, working against oppression and fostering community. 





Bruce Jones, Farm Coordinator / Volunteer

Bruce lives on the North side and has one son, Thomas. For most of his career he has worked in mental health, but has a passion for community health and healing.




The Board of Directors

  • Karen Nordell Pearson, President
  • Edwardo Fuentes, Vice-President
  • Melanie Blank, Treasurer
  • Marjike Strong
  • Carter Baer
  • Andy Krino
  • Chris Linde
  • Bill VanAuken
  • Janelle Phillips