Deborah Kane exits Ecotrust, FoodHub

Deborah Kane left Ecotrust this month after seven years leading the nonprofit's food and farms program.

Deborah Kane left Ecotrust this month after seven years leading the nonprofit's food and farms program.

Deborah Kane, vice president of food and farms for Ecotrust, departed her post this month, resigning after seven years with the nonprofit and a year that had her taking her views on supporting local agriculture to the White House.

Kane turned over the reins of her various posts — project director of Ecotrust's high-profile FoodHub website and publisher of Edible Portland — on Dec. 8th.

In her farewell publisher's letter in Edible Portland, Kane said she was quitting to "pursue other opportunities in the agricultural sector."

In an email to Sustainable Business Oregon she wrote, "I'll be talking more publicly about my specific plans in the new year."

Kane visited the White House over the summer when she was selected as part of the "Champions of Change" program.


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In 2010, she was recognized by Fast Company magazine as a sustainable food leader.

Taking over at FoodHub, which launched an overhaul and plans for an expansion earlier this year, is Amanda Oborne, who had been heading up sales and marketing for the project and is now serving as acting director.

FoodHub, an online matchmaking site for food producers and buyers, is positioned to go national. In July, Kane said that Ecotrust would consider spinning it out as a separate entity.

"We remain full-speed-ahead on FoodHub," said Carolyn Holland, Ecotrust spokeswoman.

The editorial staff at Edible Portland will continue to publish the quarterly magazine.


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