Director and Poet-In-Chief
“Give me a carrot, a beet, and a lime; I’ll make something so good – it should be a crime!” Marc Schutzbank is our resident poet-in-chief. Marc hails from the United States, coming to Vancouver as a Fulbright Scholar. As a graduate of the M.Sc. Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems program at the University of British Columbia,
Ilana co-founded Fresh Roots with a passion for gardening, compost, and witnessing the awe and wonder of people pulling a carrot out of the ground for their first time. Driven by the collected wisdom and stories of the diverse neighbours and community in East Vancouver, Ilana now helps develop the vision and growth of Fresh Roots.
Interim Executive Director
Alexa is a creative strategist with over 20 years of experience leading teams and change initiatives in public, private and non-profit spheres. A change leader with an MBA in Sustainable Systems, Alexa is skilled at moving the whole working of an organization, and its effects on systems, in ways that illuminate potential and build capacity.
Good Food Farm Team
Farm Sites Manager
& Suwa’lkh Project Manager
Good Food Farm Manager
Katherine is excited to be back at Fresh Roots where she first got hooked on urban farming working as an intern in 2011. At that time, the team spent our time cycling around East Van delivering fresh veggies on a bike trailer from backyards to the CSA pick up locations! She’s excited to be working on a slighty larger scale now including two schoolyard market farms.
Galen Taylor Jones
Good Food Programmer
Galen takes joy in the snap-ability of harvesting garlic scapes, the jawline of snapdragons, the spines on eggplants and seeing food move from the field into community members’ meals! She joins the Fresh Roots team from a background in rural and urban farming, social support work, and restaurants. Galen trains our interns and youth to grow and share more Good Food, and she leads teams of adult volunteers during our Big Helps and Team Builds.
Youth Empowerment Team
Youth Empowerment Manager
During the last 10 years, Tathali has been working in diverse capacities at the intersection of two worlds: Food and Education! Her professional experience in these years has been shaped by her interest and passion in sustainability education, garden-based learning, science education, and food studies.
SOYL Lead Facilitator
Nicole Bruce- Nicole started her journey with Fresh Roots in 2016 as a SOYL participant herself! It set her on a path filled with passion for local food systems and the power to make a difference. She believes that growing your own food is one of the most rewarding things you can do and wants to share that passion with youth just like her.
Experiential Learning Team
Experiential Learning Manager
Kat loves to help kids literally get their hands dirty, and seeing a kid hold their first worm is the highlight of her day. Kat has a Graduate Certificate in Education, Environment and Community from IslandWood, an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum from the University of Washington, and over a decade of experience in environmental education.
Experiential Learning Program Facilitator
Charlotte is passionate about sustainable food systems and the ability for food to both heal and bring community together . After many years working in the Vancouver school system as an Education Assistant, she decided to follow her heart and study culinary arts at Northwest Culinary Academy. Now she’s crafted a career that’s the perfect balance of creating food to nourish people in her communities and also working with Students in east Vancouver, to broaden their experiences of growing and sharing food. email@example.com