Angela Goldsmith – is a food forest designer and installer. She teaches permaculture out of Fargo Forest Garden to local students and tour groups, as well as providing opportunities for service work at the garden. She manages a homestead in St Johns Portland, Wildwood View Gardens, where she apprentices permaculture students, keeps bees and chickens and has a small orchard and large vegetable garden, partnering with the UFC, now for 8 years (2016).
Allison Gilroy – 2014 is Allison’s third year as the Grand Poobah of the Grand Dekum garden. In her first year as manager, she earned the nickname “the Farminatrix” due to her kind and gentle nature. Ms. Gilroy grew up with a garden in Iowa and worked for three years on a small family farm in Troutdale. She has been, briefly, an EMT-B, a carpenter, a landscaper, a welder, a machinist, a pilot, a scientist, a nanny (known as The Babywhisperer), unemployed, a solar-installer, a CAD monkey, a trail-clearer and is now a grocery store clerk. She enjoys long walks on the beach, anything made of cheese, and having her back scratched, but that’s neither here nor there.
Zoe Dawson- This is Zoe’s fourth year at Turner Garden and her third year managing our largest and most productive garden. Zoe grew up on a farm in Maine and has been a backyard gardener for as long as she can remember. Although she is humbled by mother nature and learns something new everyday from the UFC community. Zoe also blesses her garden with children, two of them that really like to share in planting and harvesting. Her favorite vegetable is broccoli.
Kelcy and Marty- 2014 will be Kelcy and Marty’s second year growing with the UFC and will together be co-managing Kazuko Garden on 48th and NE Killingsworth. Both Michigan Natives, Kelcy and Marty have spent the past 7 years working on a wide variety of organic agricultural internships in such states as Colorado, Michigan, Maryland, Tennessee and the British Colombia Providence. They have both studied Permaculture Design and always look to implement the many methods and ideals of sustaining a rising permanent culture in their day to day lives. Kelcy works as a Licensed Massage Therapist and specializes in Cranial Sacral Therapy while Marty works in the Water Restoration Department at ServiceMaster of Portland. Although they have been exposed to many different types of land stewardship such as community supported agriculture, grass fed animal husbandry, agroforestry/mushroom cultivation and orchard maintenance, Kelcy and Marty are very eager to engage in the growing of organic produce in an urban setting with the Urban Farming Collective. Their favorite past times include making juice, vegan cooking, espresso, bike riding and exploring the wonderful landscapes of Portland with their Beagle-mix Ella Guru.
Kim Schenk – Kim is an organic gardener, educator, and all-around health enthusiast. She is eager to integrate nutrition into schools and communities across the Northwest and is passionate about creating change though sustainable practices. Having graduated a farm apprenticeship after receiving a degree in food science, she is excited to have a hand in The Urban Farm Collective, and also teaches a garden class at a local elementary school. When she isn’t gardening, you can find her on the trails or cooped up happily making crafts!! Kim is the manager of Going Rogue Garden.
Charlie Foster – This is Charlie’s first year as manager of Bakari Garden (formerly Chicken Wing Garden) and his fourth year gardening with the Urban Farm Collective. Charlie was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He works for Project Grow, a community of art and urban farming with people of all abilities, as the head farmer. He received his BSW from Juniata College, a small liberal arts college in the central Pennsylvanian mountains. He enjoys photography, watercolors, making underwear and other crafts using recycled material, running, hiking, biking, and seeing the beauty in every inch.
Will Wesley – Will has been gardening in NE Portland for 6 years and got his start double digging garden beds and mowing lawns almost 20 years ago in the Great Basin. 2014 is his first year as a Garden Manager with the UFC and his first year attending OSU Master Gardener Training as well. Will is garden manager of Birdhouse Garden. For the past 5 years he has bred rare varieties of corn to create something unique. The project which began in his backyard has spread to two states and will hopefully continue to grow. Over the years he’s been a deckhand, landscaper, house painter, stuntman, clown, web designer, and more, but he always ends up back in the garden. One day he hopes to be a wizard and animal whisperer [or maybe an alchemist] but for now he is excited to lend his skills to the UFC, growing food and turning compost.
Chelsea Updegrove – Chelsea has been working with the Urban Farm Collective for 2 years now. She started as an apprentice at the Grand Dekum Garden. Early in the season she moved into the role of garden manager at the lovely Whiskerton Garden shortly after. Chelsea is an OSU Master Gardener, and she has a degree in Community Development, and Sustainability with a focus on sustainable food systems. She has worked on community garden development in Portland for the last few years, including creating the Central Northeast Neighborhood Collations program Root Access, connecting people to gardens to get at the root of hunger in NE. For her, there is not much that is better than gathering community to grow food and conversations over some weed pulling. Originally from Montana, she loves living in Oregon and trys to take advantage of all it has to offer. She practices yoga, backpacks, kayaks, plays a little bit of disc golf, and tries to get out of the country at least once a year. Stop by Whiskerton to say hello to Chelsea and see what Whiskerton has to offer!
Jessica Stiles – 2014 will be Jessica’s second year as a garden manager; this year she moved from managing Fertility Garden to co-managing Turner Garden. She landed in Portland in 2012 after living and small-scale farming in Vermont for the past 5 years. While re-adjusting to city life, she is excited to collaborate with the UFC, where she can utilize her rural farm skills and direct her passion for growing food in an urban environment.
Olie Kittleson and Dana Paresa – Common Bond Garden
Craig Moore – Greeley Food Forest
Amanda Wickham – Greeley Food Forest
Emily Hill – Alberta Garden
Benjamin Cutler – Beech St. Garden
Katie Davis – Fargo Forest Garden