Board of Directors and Staff



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


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.

Alania Cowie, Healthy Roots Instructor

Alania joins us from the world of organic retail where she sourced and sold hand-crafted products for babies and children. After selling her store and relocating with her family to Sonoma County she pursued her passion for food and health with a certification in Holistic Nutrition. Alania is an avid home chef and gardener, forager, food preserver and seed saver. She is a garden nutrition educator at Rainbow Garden Preschool in Kenwood where she shares her love of edible plants with 3 and 4 year olds.

As a mother of 2 young daughters and 2 grown stepsons, Alania has had much opportunity to test recipes, cook with kids and pass along her knowledge of eating well. She believes that healthy food must be delicious and fun!