Garden Coordinator Directory

Below are bios and contact information for Garden Coordinators in Sonoma County. Please click here if you would like to have your bio added to this page or updated.

Credo High School: Kelley McNeal, kelley.mcneal[at]credohigh.orgKelly2

Kelley McNeal is the Farming and Food Literacy Teacher at Credo High School, a Waldorf inspired high school, in Rohnert Park, CA.  Her past experience has been in both teaching and co owner of an organic, sustainable farm.  Four years ago, when Credo became the first high school to offer Waldorf education to public education, Kelley began creating the garden program in this urban setting.  All students participate in the farming class.  9th grade begins their farming experience with Food Literacy, where they understand where their food comes from and the history and changes involved, while growing food, building compost piles and maintaining the gardens and greenhouse.  10th grade delves deeper and focuses on food and herbs benefits, history and future as well as school campus garden work. 11th grade is introduced to Permaculture, Biodynamic farming, focus on our vermicompost bin .  12th graders meet in the fall so they do some form of an art project for the garden as well as cook for both the class and for the school Wed. lunch program and begin the herb projects for our winter sale.

John B. Riebli Elementary: Tina Thomas, Misty Eland, Kelly Westrope

John B. Riebli Elementary1) Tina Thomas is one of three current garden coordinators at John B. Riebli Elementary. Tina has been teaching classes in the garden since the inception in 2012. She has a background in agriculture and enjoys the challenge of creating a multi-subject curriculum. 2) Misty Eland is a Garden Coordinator at John B. Riebli Elementary in Santa Rosa where she develops hands-on learning experiences through garden based lessons. Misty’s background is in Environmental Education and she loves to help children experience nature and the satisfaction of growing their own food. 3) Kelly Westrope is enjoying her first year as a garden coordinator at John B. Riebli Elementary where she teaches students the importance of applied education. Through lessons of science, math, nutrition and social studies, the children learn with their hands and their palates.

Roseland Creek ElementaryMegan Braia (2nd Grade Teacher)RCE

Megan and the team at Roseland Creek Elementary had a fence installed to close the area, irrigation installed, eight garden beds donated, two deliveries of soil donated, fifty tomato starter plants donated, and two garden community events  held. She also received a $2000 grant from Whole Kids Foundation and held a fundraiser at Applebee’s that raised $500. Megan’s partnered with the Junior League of Napa/Sonoma that has assisted with donations, events, and projects.

Mary Collins at Cherry Valley: Celosia ArcadiaMiss Moon self pic

Celosia brings joy and enthusiasm into her role as a teacher and a gardener. She is passionate about inspiring a life long love of learning and discovery from the beauty of the earth. Her creative lessons allow students opportunities to feel empowered through their organized efforts – whether its weeding oxalis, burmuda grass, or thistle, or planting or saving seeds. She is proud to say that her work garden with children started with Earth Tots at Earth Camp in 2010 when she took her nature name, “Miss Moon”. She has worked with the Sebastopol Community Center, directing Sun Camp, and has led classes at the Women’s Herbal Symposium and after school at Kenwood Elementary.  Celosia brings a life long love of flowers, a well-rounded understanding of whole foods, knowledge of cooking and awareness of edible wild and cultivated herbs thanks to the Symposium, the California School of Herbal Studies, the Sonoma County Herb Association and a myriad of wise teachers. You can read more about Miss Moon’s garden adventures or look at photos from her garden at http://mccvschoolgarden.blogspot.com/