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Vine & Fig's Team


Tom Benevento

Harrisonburg's Sustainable Living Center Coordinator

Tom is the onsite director of New Community Project (NCP) that started Harrisonburg's sustainable living Center, Vine & Fig, in 2012. Tom consults with others around the world and at home about how to mitigate climate change and teaches methods of permaculture. He enjoys welcoming people and working toward a more sustainable and just way of life.

Contact Tom: 


Melissa Howard

Coordinating Partner

Melissa has been with Vine & Fig for 12 years. She enjoys animals, especially the cats living around the house, and helping people. She also is a talented artist -she hand crafted the mural on the back of the white house and several of our signs!

Contact Melissa:


Kathy Yoder

Educational Outreach Program

Kathy, director of our Educational Outreach Program, joined Vine and Fig in 2019. She enjoys creating magical garden spaces with children and providing opportunities for them to engage with their local food system. She wants children to lead the way to community based composting.

Contact Kathy:

(540) 434-7981

White House Advisory Committee 

Earl Martin

Carolyn Staffer

Cindy Hunter

David Brubaker

Meghan Williamson

Johann Zimmermann

Sam Nickels

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