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 movements and experience consulting social sector organizations, Maggie found her way to gardening through a love of 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 an example that you too can learn to garden. Come find her at Garden for the Environment on Saturdays - she would love to meet you! Maggie's favorite plant at GFE is Grevillea 'Ivanhoe'.
Adam began teaching gardening in 2007 at the Boys and Girls Club in his hometown of Austin, Texas. After getting a degree in Environmental Analysis at Pomona College in Claremont, California, Adam worked for a year as the full time manager of the Pomona College Organic Farm. Adam moved to San Francisco in 2014, where he joined GFE part time and worked a wide variety of other gardening, food, education, cycling, and acting jobs. In 2017, Adam joined GFE as the full time Education Manager. Adam’s favorite plant to grow is a carrot because he loves the surprise each time you pull one up.
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 was the 2016 Get Up! course facilitator. Her favorite plant in the garden is Mexican sage (Salvia leucantha).
Lead Volunteer + Garden Guru
Hilary 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).