Board of Directors and Staff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

President-Laurel Anderson is a founding member of the School Garden Network. She was the School Garden Coordinator at Salmon Creek School for the past fourteen years.  She currently works as a SGN garden mentor, is a coordinator of SGN’s Schoolyard Habitat Program, and is actively involved in the local farm to school movement. Laurel is passionate about shelling beans and seedsaving and helped to start the West County Community Seed Exchange.

 

Aimee Vorhaus

Aimee is a sustainable agriculture and healthy foods activist who believes school gardens are crucial to promoting a better understanding of how food is connected to our personal and environmental health. She has a background in fundraising and grant writing, and is currently the School Garden Chair at Grant Elementary where she has spearheaded the development of a new Outdoor Classroom and Learning Garden. Aimee also serves on several boards and committees at the local level, including Slow Foods Marin-Petaluma. She holds a Master’s degree from Brown University and a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. Aimee lives with her husband and two young children in Petaluma, CA where she grows fruit and vegetables year-round in their quarter-acre garden.

Elizabeth Westerfield

An educator and a gardener for over 20 years, Elizabeth Westerfield has taught English to Oakland middle schoolers, gardening to urban elementary school students, and English as a Second Language and GED preparation to adults in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.  She also assists clients with garden design, development and maintenance.  Currently, she and her family  live in Forestville where they grow, glean, harvest, and process much of what they eat.  She is passionate about the importance of teaching all people the values of eating healthy and growing healthy food, treating the earth with respect, and creating community.

 

SGN is accepting applications for new board members. We are also seeking volunteers to join our committees. If you are interested in joining a committee or want to learn more about serving on SGN’s board, contact Lauren Bowne at info@schoolgardens.org.

STAFF

Lauren Bowne, Executive Director

 

Laurel Anderson, Schoolyard Habitat Program Coordinator (and SGN Board Member)

 

Annie Silverman, Project Manager

Annie has worked at the intersection of agriculture and education for several years. Her passion for school gardens is rooted in a college internship in which she worked as a school garden intern in a preschool classroom in South Tucson. This experience opened her eyes to the beauty of a school garden’s ability to build community and increase nutritional awareness in a relaxed and organic way. After she graduated from the University of Arizona in 2010, her journey never led her far from growing food.  Whether using the garden as on outdoor learning space in her own preschool classroom to managing a small organic farm in Homer, Alaska, she has always been interested in how to marry agriculture and education in way that builds community resilience. Previous to moving to Sonoma County, she lived in Fairbanks, Alaska where she earned a master’s degree in Professional Communication focusing on agricultural education throughout the state.

Beth Domenici, Healthy Roots Instructor

Beth has served as a biologist, educator, and volunteer coordinator for environmental groups throughout Sonoma County for over ten years. As a resource technician for the Sonoma County Water Agency, Beth designed creek-side landscape plans, developed permits and grants, conducted special status species surveys, and led groups of students in riparian restoration. As LandPaths’ Education Coordinator, Beth facilitated nature hikes, summer camps, and farm activities for over 1,200 children annually. She’s worn many hats for local organizations including Pepperwood Preserve, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, Salmon Creek School, Sonoma State University, and more. Known by her students as “Bumble Beth,” she can be found frolicking the hills in search of wild food and medicine, riding her bright red bicycle, or playing (guitar) in a garden near you.