GARDEN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT STAFF
Blair wants you to get your hands dirty in a garden. He is an advocate for urban organic gardening and local sustainable food, and is a graduate of the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture (2005) at The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Gardening and Composting Educator Training Program (2003). A Bay Area native, Blair has worked as an educator in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 9 years and is a course instructor in the Gardening and Composting Educator Training Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sculpture & Photography from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1999). He served as Director of Victory Gardens 2007+ (a collaboration with artist Amy Franceschini), advisor to the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden in 2008 and currently serves on the Food Systems & Urban Agriculture Policy Board at SPUR. Blair is also an active member of the SF Bicycle Coalition and an enthusiastic orchardist.
Maggie is a proud San Francisco native and butcher’s daughter that found her way to gardening through food. After working for a small organic farm in Mendocino County in 2008, Maggie realized that her background in social justice and love of growing delicious, edible things were actually very closely aligned. Maggie received her Bachelor’s degree in Law, Societies and Justice at the University of Washington in Seattle and conducted research after graduation studying human rights conditions on Guatemalan coffee plantations. Working for LFA Group, a small San Francisco based consulting group, she learned that a strong organizational structure and proper strategic planning are vital to small non-profit organizations. Maggie’s love and appreciation of food pushed her to find an organization that could fulfill all her passions. She has worked for Urban Sprouts and now is filling in for Suzi as Interim Program Manager. Come visit Maggie on Saturday’s at the Alemany Farmer’s Market where she sells delicious produce for Tomatero Organic Farm.
Back in the city after a five-year stint on Catalina Island as the garden coordinator in an educational vegetable garden, Nicole brings her enthusiasm for composting and youth gardening to gfe. Originally inspired by her internship at San Francisco’s Department of the Environment, she created and designed an outreach project for Catalina’s offseason to continue to motivate youth to garden in their home communities along California’s coast on the sustainable living bike tour. When she is not growing and eating vegetables, you might find her bike touring and commuting, teaching her cooking class or enjoying the park.
Hilary Gordon is Sustainable Landscape Education Manager at the GFE. A life-long gardener, trained at the City College Horticulture program, she has worked as a professional landscape gardener from 1984 until the present. Meet her in the garden Wednesdays 10-2 and Saturdays 10-4.
Nate believes that gardening changes the way we observe and interact with the natural world. Always looking to balance the practical and the beautiful, he is equally at home in both ornamental and vegetable gardens. He loves to share his excitement about gardening and encourage others to explore its depth. Nate is a graduate of the City College Horticulture Program and the Gardening and Composting Educator Program. He recently completed a year long internship in the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Hannah loves plants, people, creatures, and communities that tie them together. Way back when, she started her work in urban agriculture, community gardening and organizing in Philadelphia. Since then, she worked on agriculture projects abroad before calling the greater Bay Area her home. After finishing a two year apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz, Hannah returned to city life in San Francisco. Hannah is an instructor in the GFE's Get Up! Program.