Welcoming our New Board of Directors!

We are excited to announce our new Board of Directors!  In order to make Growing Food and Sustainability run more smoothly, this year we decided to organize our Program Leaders into specific roles and responsibilities.  This structure will allow us to be more efficient and accomplish even more!  The positions that we created are:

Youth Farm and CSA Director: Responsible for creating the Youth Farm planting schedule, ordering seeds, managing the greenhouse, working with Education Director to lead garden education for interns, organizing the harvesting and weighing produce, organizing the CSA, and communicating with the Urban Agriculture Director about deliveries of produce.

Finance Director: Responsible for hours tracking, payroll, accounting, reimbursements, grant reports, and grant writing.

Education Director: Responsible for planning curriculum for interns and summer camp, documenting all curriculum, organizing skill shares, and organizing CSCS workdays.

Outreach Director and Assistant: Responsible for website updates, social media, blogging, recruiting interns, organizing and promoting workdays in coordinating with the Youth Farm and Urban Agriculture Directors, summer camp outreach, and reaching out to newspapers.

Urban Agriculture Director: Responsible for coordinating with businesses and MOM for compost pick-up, coordinating with MOM and Senior Center for produce drop-off, managing the compost system, and managing the outdoor classroom (including coordinating seed ordering and greenhouse planning with the Youth Farm Director).

Admin Director: Responsible for sending email newsletters, maintaining the email list and volunteer list, answering emails, and sending team meeting reminders and tasks reminders.

Check out our great team below!

1Gabrielle Hinahara – Youth Farm/CSA Director and Finance Director

Gabrielle has extensive farming and gardening experience and has also worked with youth. In college, she was involved with F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture, where she helped to lead educational workshops for the student body and volunteered in the garden. In the summer of 2010, she worked as the head counselor at the Frost Valley YMCA Farm Camp in New York, where she helped run garden-based outdoor education classes, counseled middle school-aged youth, and advised the counseling staff. That fall, she interned at Growing Power, an urban farm in Milwaukee, WI, where she learned about intensive growing systems such as vermiculture and aquaponics. In 2011, she completed a full-season apprentice at Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst, MA, which runs a 300-member CSA and also sells at the local farmers market. This is where she gained most of her agricultural knowledge, including learning how to plan greenhouse and field planting schedules and how to grow and harvest almost every type of produce, from strawberries to squash to lettuce. She also loves to dance, ride her bike, and cook and eat delicious food.

2Natalie Hinahara – Education Director and Outreach Director

Natalie Hinahara is in her junior year at UW-Madison studying Art and Environmental Studies. Her love of the outdoors started at a young age, growing up just west of Madison, with a large woods and prairie behind her home to adventure in. Her passion for the environment stayed with her through high school and in the fall of her freshman year at UW-Madison, she co-founded Growing Food and Sustainability in her hometown of Middleton. She also works for F. H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture, the UW Student Farm and enjoys being involved with various groups on campus, including Slow Food UW, where you can find her every Wednesday for lunch. In her free time she enjoys crocheting, cooking, eating, biking, and backpacking.

969730_10151717958852158_1509008145_nEmilee Gaulkee – Urban Agriculture Director and Admin Director

Emilee recently graduated from Lake Forest College and moved to Madison. She grew up helping her dad in his garden and running around on her grandparents’ farm. While she majored in biology and environmental studies, she did not think sustainable agriculture would be part of her future career. She first realized how important growing healthy food would be to her when she interned at the Prairie Crossing Learning Farm for their organic plant sale. That experience led her to intern with Prairie Farm Corps (PFC) where she gained even greater experience growing and harvesting a wide variety of crops. During her time with PFC she also worked closely with youth in both farm work and daily education sessions and managed the weekly farmer’s market. Through these experiences she decided she wanted her future to include both sustainable agriculture and working with youth. This led her to pursue an internship with Growing Food and Sustainability. In addition to GFS, she is also a group leader for an after school program at a local elementary school. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, playing yoga, and dancing.

1_7Robin Bazan – Outreach Assistant

Robin is a junior at Madison West High School. Originally a high school intern during the 2013 growing season, Robin wanted to stay involved with the program. Her love for the outdoors started early, hiking and camping at Wisconsin State Parks with her family. In middle school she joined an international community, 350.org, to spread the word about climate change. Closer to home, Robin learned about Growing Food and Sustainability in 2013 and joined the group to learn and expand her knowledge of sustainability and gardening. When not at school or busy with homework, she spends her time trail running, downhill skiing, camping and hiking, playing with photography and relaxing outside in her backyard hammock.

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