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 Get Up! (2003). 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 2008+ (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. Blair's favorite plant at GFE is the California poppy (Eschscholzia californica).
Maggie is a proud San Francisco native and butcher’s daughter with over 10 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. After years of working for social justice non-profits, Maggie found her way to gardening through food. She spent a summer working on a small organic farm in Mendocino County (2008), and then worked for Tomatero Farm, selling produce at farmer's markets. A graduate of the Get Up! program (2012), Maggie is now a course instructor. She also works with our guest teachers to develop public workshops, leads group volunteer days, manages the vegetable beds and trains San Francisco garden educators. Her favorite plant in the garden is Grevillea 'Ivanhoe'.
Youth Programs Manager
Nicole started vegetable gardening with her grandpa in the backyard farm of his suburban tract house. Her career in youth garden education began in 2001 with an internship at San Francisco’s Department of the Environment, bringing compost education to San Francisco schools. Nicole is a certified Master Gardener for San Mateo & San Francisco Counties (2007) as well as a graduate of the OAEC School Garden Teacher Training (2009). Since 2008, Nicole has led field trips at GFE, connecting thousands of San Francisco youth to nature in the City. In the garden, Nicole loves to find ways to be resourceful and is a master at propagation. Nicole's favorite plant at GFE is California Lupine (Lupine albifrons).
Hilary is the Garden Manager at the GFE, and knows the common (and Latin!) name of nearly every plant in the garden. A life-long gardener, trained at the City College Horticulture program, Hilary worked as a professional landscape gardener in San Francisco for 30 years. Hilary maintains the water-wise, perennial, and native plant demonstration beds and works with volunteers to keep the garden blooming year round. Formerly our head instructor, Hilary now trains staff and guest instructors in teaching sustainable gardening, and develops curriculum for our classes. Her favorite plant in the garden is Salvia clevelandii (Cleveland sage).
Garden Educator + Get Up! 2016 Course Facilitator
Trina Lopez is an enthusiastic relative newcomer to gardening. After starting a backyard beehive in 2013, she completed Garden for the Environment's Get Up! program (2014), earned her Permaculture Design Certification (2014), graduated from San Francisco Bee-Cause's two-year beekeeping apprenticeship program (2015), and received her UC Master Gardener certification in April 2016. She currently works for Small Spot Gardens and is a part-time adjunct instructor at City College of San Francisco. Trina is also the 2016 Get Up! course facilitator. Her favorite plant in the garden is Mexican sage (Salvia leucantha).
Adam joined GFE in 2014 after five years at Pomona College in Claremont, California. There, Adam majored in Environmental Analysis and then worked for a year as the full time manager of the Pomona College Organic Farm. Outside of GFE, Adam spends his time working with a wide variety of gardening, cycling, and food related organizations across the city, most currently as the educator at the new SFPUC College Hill Learning Garden. Adam’s favorite plant to grow is a carrot because he loves the surprise each time you pull one up.
Emilie is a lover of the wild outdoors and believes nothing is more important than community and food. Outside of GFE, she serves as the Crop Manager at Fresh Run Farm in Bolinas. Previously she worked as the Garden Manager at Love Apple Farm in Santa Cruz. Her favorite plant in the garden is the blueberry bushes.