Rachel Pringle is Chief Strategy Officer at Education Outside, an organization dedicated to connecting urban students in San Francisco to the natural world through the development and use of green schoolyards. Rachel directs Education Outside’s corps member program which operates at 37 San Francisco Unified School District schools. Prior to joining Education Outside, Rachel pursued the prefect mix of outdoor and agricultural education through teaching in a public school garden for four years. She is the co-author of How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers, from Timber Press.
Eli Zigas, SPUR
Eli Zigas is the Food and Agriculture Policy Director at SPUR. Eli manages SPUR’s work on urban agriculture, regional foodshed planning and creating a vibrant, accessible food system in the Bay Area. He is an active member of the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance and Coordinator for the Clipper Community Garden. "There is no better way to quickly learn about what is going on in the world of food and farming in San Francisco than the Get Up! program. And, you'll learn hands on gardening skills from some of the best teachers you'll ever meet."
Ariana Reguzzoni, Chica Bloom Farm
"When I decided to do the Get Up! program, I was working full time in a dark, crowded busy office in the basement of a downtown SF high rise. It was meaningful work at times, but I couldn't stop daydreaming about digging my hands in the dirt with the sun on my face." With Michael Pollan as a grad school advisor, Ariana realized she had to do more than just tell stories about farmers and gardeners - she had to become one! "The Get Up program provided me the inspiration and guidance I needed to reach beyond the cubicle and figure out how to integrate my passions for growing plants and telling stories." Since Get Up!, Ariana completed the Farm and Garden Apprenticeship Program at UC Santa Cruz, moved up to Sonoma County to start Chica Bloom Farm, a small sustainable flower farm (along with farm partner Daniele Allion), and is forging ahead with a food and agricultural-focused journalism career.
Maddie Morley, Grass + Grit Farm
"Get Up! introduced me to the core concepts of composting and gardening in a way that I had never experienced before. The hands-on teaching was key to helping me learn the concepts and become passionate about working with soil to produce healthful food." Since graduating from Get Up!, Maddie worked on, and helped manage, multiple diversified farms on both coasts. She is now starting Grass + Grit Farm where she will be raising pastured livestock with a deep commitment to soil health, animal welfare, and producing delicious, healthful food for her community.
Marie Sayles, Barnraiser
Since Get Up!, Marie took her years of experience in arts, media. and technology education and refocused all her efforts to sustainability and health in schools, nonprofits and business. "Get Up! introduced me to the leaders in the fields here in the Bay Area, and created access to the organizations that were creating change in urban ag in schools and in the community." After taking Get Up! Marie had enough of a gardening baseline to move into managing /teaching a school garden program and developing school garden curriculum for Education Outside. Marie is part of the founding team of Barnraiser - an online community that is reshaping how we eat and live through crowdfunding opportunities for food and farming innovators.
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