Val has been a farmer and writer in Sonora, California, where she volunteered with her husband Kurt as a FoCuS board member. They have since moved to the small town of Merlin, Oregon, but remain active with FoCuS events and continue to serve on the board, maintaining their connection by phone, Zoom board meetings, and in person when possible. They still practice sustainable living, gardening, and land management on their rural property.
Before moving to Oregon, Val organized the Sonora seed library, helped with the annual FoCuS Potato Patches, Seed Shares, and other FoCuS events for several years to help promote local self-reliance. She currently spends her time as a Master Gardener, practicing Permaculture principles, and saving every seed possible from the garden.