"My grandmother understood that the future of food was in the hands of my generation. Nanny Jan, passed the skills and passion of the seed to table cycle down to me. These lessons inspire me to lead the Edible Schoolyard Kern County into the future of Edible Education with a passionate team of educators."
Creator of Opportunities, Development & Community
"My zeal for organic, whole food nutrition started as an adult in an attempt to heal my body from various ailments. I started on this path about 6 years ago and have never looked back. It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to be on the front lines of teaching kids how to prepare nutrient dense foods to fuel their bodies. These are skills they will hone in on for the rest of their lives."
Garden Programs Administrator
"Through farming and gardening, I developed a passion for growing plants and the environment in which they live. To have the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and encourage students to explore, understand and work with nature is very rewarding."
Sierra Van Zandt
Garden Educator Buena Vista
"My love for edible education began when I was in high school and started volunteering at the local farmer's market, where I learned about where my food was coming from. I deeply appreciate how growing food and cooking meals together builds, strengthens, and expands our community. Witnessing students have first-time experiences in the outdoors is what makes this work so crucial for me. As I watch students dig in the dirt, squealing with delight as they unearth golden potatoes, silently wiggling in their fingers, I know that they are creating memories and connections that will stay with them throughout their lives."