Meet the folks who make it all possible!
Deb is delighted to return home to Washington State to join GRuB’s leadership after several decades farming and teaching in Wisconsin and Illinois. During her 15 years at Angelic Organics Learning Center, she developed programs, partnerships and resources to help farmers and eaters thrive, including establishing an overnight farm camp, building regional programs for farmers, and growing a youth leadership and urban agriculture program. She loves to have her hands in the soil and takes great satisfaction from preparing and sharing good food straight from the land.
Elise Krohn, M.Ed. is an educator, author, herbalist, and native foods specialist in the Pacific Northwest. She is committed to cultivating healing relationships between people, plants, place and cultural traditions. During her 18 years of experience teaching in tribal communities, she has worked with Elders and cultural specialists to create successful community gardens, food sovereignty resources, a program on healing addiction, and curricula on chronic disease prevention. Through leading ‘train the trainers’ workshops, Elise has multiplied the number of educators who are teaching about native foods and herbal medicines in tribal communities.
Kerensa leads GRuB’s Community-based Fundraising, Special Events and Volunteer Coordination Programs. She comes to GRuB with passions for good local food, gardening and building relationships across multicultural backgrounds. She has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit world from parenting & child welfare, affordable housing & grantwriting, and project evaluation & management. With Kerensa’s international background and passion for inspiring cross-cultural learning, much of her past work has been spent helping people to live successful and sustainable lives through empowerment and inclusivity.
An alum from the 2000 & 2001 GRuB Youth Programs, Wade has served the community as a GRuB staff member since 2009; first as the Farm Manager, then Lead Educator of GRuB School, and now as the Youth Programs Manager. An Olympian since 1995, he is dedicated to serving his “hometown,” and is inspired by the evolution of experiences we offer on the farm to youth of all ages. He’s also supporting Vocational Pathways and Opportunities for youth, interns, and volunteers; Staff Development by incorporating youth program philosophies; and sits on the Rooted in Community advisory board.
Heather's roles at GRuB weave together her love of playing in the dirt, growing delicious food and connecting with sweet people while doing so. She's worked in various forms of outdoor education for the last 15 years, and she feels lucky to be able to teach and learn from the GRuB Farm. It gives Heather great joy to see little people exploring the farm and berries and bugs for the first time. Heather loves living in the northwest and when she's not at the farm, you might find her tasting her way through a blueberry field with her family.
Beau cares deeply about the environment, issues involving food insecurity, and asset-based community development. He has a BA in Sustainable Agriculture and is working towards his Masters in Environmental Studies. Beau is a proud veteran of both the US Marines and US Army and is passionate about helping veterans and their families transition back home and build community. He is excited to help enhance the Victory Garden Project, support the development of the Victory Farm, further develop the Food Investment Garden (FIG) program, and encourage emerging community food solutions.
Gabriel’s motto is pansies for pansies. They are committed to being the queer educator and farmer that they yearned to see while growing up. They have a fondness for snails and bindweed and other garden nuisances. Their favorite food memory is their maternal grandmother teaching them to catch blue crabs from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, unceded Nanticoke land. They came to GRuB through an internship with the Garden Project. As the Youth Program Coordinator, Gabriel loves seeing participants connect to food, land, and each other on the GRuB Farm.
Selena came to GRuB as the Office Administrator in November 2017. She is a GRuB Youth alum from the 07-08 crew and continued on through 2009 helping assist and prepare for that year's Soirée. She has two boys named Braxton and Dakota. Selena was born and raised in Washington, and over her lifetime has been to 26 different states and lived in four. Selena has extensive background working with children and is passionate about helping in the community. She is working on her degree in Nutrition.
Mariana is a citizen of Yakama Nation, an íła (mother) and an artist with a passion for protecting Native foods and medicines and sharing their gifts in community. Mariana co-led Native student buffalo harvests in college which sparked her journey into Tribal Food Sovereignty. She worked for 7 years serving Native youth in leadership development initiatives nationally with the Native Youth Leadership Alliance and Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Youth. She is a founding development team member of the Tend, Gather and Grow curriculum. Mariana holds a B.A. Degree in American Indian Studies.
After completing their master’s degree in environmental studies, Sadie joined GRuB in 2018 as an AmeriCorps member serving as the VGP Leader Garden Builder and then stayed on to help with that summer's Seed to Table camps. They returned in May 2019 as a permanent staff member. Sadie has a vegetable garden and raises mini lamancha goats and chickens on a shared farm. They have a passion for empowering people through helping them grow their own food. Sadie has over 10 years of experience in environmental education including work in zoos, organic farms, a local conservation district, prisons and a juvenile detention center. Their goal is to start a GRuB-like program on their farm for people reentering the community after being released from prison.