The Friends Group

As of fall 2013 the Friends of Luscher Farm is an officially recognized “Friends Group” by the City of Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department. Friends Groups are a grass roots movement of dedicated volunteers that work with the City staff and organize work years in advance.

Mission

Our mission is to foster and create community connections to the historic Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego. We do this by working with the City of Lake Oswego to achieve the goals for Luscher Farm outlined in the 2014 Luscher Area Master Plan.

Board

Heidi Schrimsher
President, Friends of Luscher Farm
Heidi has been a landscape architect for almost 20 years. For her Master’s thesis she designed a children’s education garden. Ever since then, she has focused her attention on getting children into the garden. She created and led the garden program at her children’s school for 4 years years, volunteered with Growing Gardens and designed over a dozen school gardens in the Portland area. She has served on the Lake Oswego Natural Resource Advisory  and Parks Boards, chaired the Lake Oswego Eco School Network and the Green Team at Forest Hills elementary. She was involved in the development of Lake Oswego’s Parks 2025 Master Plan and the Luscher Area Master Plan.
When not out in her own garden or leading tours at Luscher, Heidi is practicing yoga and lead chauffeur for her two very active children.
Steve Dodds
Vice-president, Friends of Luscher Farm
Steve Dodds, a veteran of the commercial real estate industry, specializes in industrial sales, leasing and site searches as well as the redevelopment of existing buildings. He is a native of Portland and graduated in 1973 with a B.A. in Political Science from Whitman College. He has served on the Lake Oswego Parks Board and he was involved in the development of Lake Oswego’s Parks 2025 Master Plan and the Luscher Area Master Plan (LAMP). Steve has been enthusiastic supporter of active recreation throughout Lake Oswego for many years. During the LAMP process, Steve also came to appreciate the value of farming at the farm.
Laura Masterson
Secretary, Friends of Luscher Farm
Laura Masterson is a fresh market vegetable farmer with 20 years of experience. She started the 47th Avenue Farm in 1996 on a double lot in Portland to grow fresh local veggies for her friends & neighbors. Fast forward two decades and her passion for growing the best possible produce has expanded to include 50 acres of production in 3 counties. In addition to farming acreage in Multnomah & Yamhill Co, Laura manages the Luscher Farm CSA for the City of Lake Oswego. Described in the local press as an “Urban Über-Farmer,” Laura’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program is one of the oldest in Oregon. The 47th Ave Farm currently feeds over 200 families year-round and provides produce to award winning local restaurants in the Portland Metro region.
Kasey Holwerda
Treasurer, Friends of Luscher Farm
Kasey Holwerda is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and the University of Oregon Law School.  After briefly practicing law she has turned her attention to her true passion (besides raising her family)- historic preservation.  Currently, along with her position on the Board of the Friends of Luscher Farms, Kasey serves as the Chair of the City of Lake Oswego’s Historic Resources Advisory Board, and on the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau Board, along with membership in several local and national historic preservation groups.  Kasey is a member of the 4th generation of her family to have lived in Lake Oswego, and sees Luscher Farm as a vital connection to our past and its preservation as critical to the future of our community.
Nancy Gronowski
Nancy has been involved in Lake Oswego’s civic life as a member of the Natural Resources Advisory Board, the Park and Recreation Advisory Board and the Lake Oswego Citizens Advisory Committee for the revised Comprehensive Plan. As a registered Landscape Architect, with a degree in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University, she has worked for Cleveland Metro Parks in Ohio, Oregon State Parks and Portland Parks and Recreation. She is currently the President of the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, which has a 1.5 acre botanical garden around the historic farmhouse at Luscher Farm. She was involved in the development of Lake Oswego’s Parks 2025 Master Plan and the Luscher Area Master Plan, and is looking forward to working on their implementation.
Ron Gronowski
Ron is a graduate in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and practiced for 44 years, the last 35 with ZGF Architects, where he was a Principal and Director of Architecture. Now Architect Emeritus in Oregon and Ohio, he has added to his list of passions community gardening at Luscher Farm. Previously Ron held volunteer positions as a Director with the Architecture Foundation of Oregon, AIA Portland, AIA Large Firm Roundtable, SMART, and was on the University of Hawaii Practicum Faculty and the Portland Public Market National Advisory Board. Recently he has been a member of the Portland Winter Light Festival Steering Committee, the Citizens Advisory Committee for Lake Oswego Foothills District, and was an original member of the Lake Oswego Sustainable Advisory Board. Ron firmly believes that all of our community should have access to healthy organic food, and that Luscher Farm and its programs teach our children the value of the ‘farm to table’ philosophy.