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Board of Directors

Peter Van Dyke, President.

Peter Van Dyke, along with his mother and brothers, took over the farm from Grandpa in 1975. Now Van Dyke Organics consists of organic fresh and dried Blenheim apricots, organic fresh and dried Bing cherries, organic dried nectarines, organic dried peaches, organic dried pears, organic dried plums and organic dried persimmons. Peter Van Dyke has been on the board of Loma Prieta Resource Conservation District for many years and now serves as President.

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David Robledo, Vice President. 

David has been a LPRCD board member since 2008 after retiring from the USDA NRCS. During his time at NRCS he was a Project Engineer, Field Engineer and Area Engineer. Prior to to working for the NRCS, David worked for the Dept of Interior in the Bureau of Reclamation. David graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.   David learned the Conservation Movement professionally and personally during his time at the NRCS.

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Sandra L. Petersen, Secretary.

Sandy has been a LPRCD board member since 2006. For over 50 years Sandy and her husband have bred, raised, trained and showed quarter horses. Sandy also serves as a commissioner on the Santa Clara County Animal Advisory Commission. Sandy attended San Jose State Univeristy where she majored in Science and Education.  Sandy and her late husband have lived in Gilroy for over 40 years and have 3 grown children. 

Sandra and Lee Petersen

Sam Thorp

Sam is Co-owner and Farmer at Spade & Plow Organics, a certified organic farm in Gilroy California. As a Santa Clara County resident and farmer he sees the critical role that agriculture plays in resource conservation and connecting our local communities.

Sam Thorp