Maggie is a proud San Francisco native and butcher’s daughter with 15 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 selling produce at farmer's markets. Maggie joined GFE in 2012, and was the Program Director for 4 years before becoming Executive Director in 2016. 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. 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.
Sustainable Landscaping Manager
After starting a backyard beehive in 2013, Trina 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. In addition to caring for our sustainable perennial gardens, Trina is GFE's Get Up! course facilitator. Her favorite plant in the garden is Mexican sage (Salvia leucantha).
Karen is a Bay Area native and discovered her passion for the environment and sustainability through the arts. Prior to joining GFE, she worked in the Bay Area arts and art museum sector. Inspired by an exhibition about food, agriculture, and food issues, she began exploring the world of food and developed a passion for learning about the way food is grown and all the implications that accompany one's food choices. She has volunteered and interned at various Bay Area farms and gardens, including the ECOSF School Farm and the Tenderloin's People's Garden. She also developed a love of teaching youth about food, healthy eating, and outdoor science as a volunteer with Cooking Matters and Education Outside. In 2016, Karen completed GFE's Get Up! program. Her favorite plant in the garden is the tree dahlia (Dahlia imperialis).
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).