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.
Good Food Farm Team
Good Food Farm Manager
Mark keeps all the veggies growing at our sites across Metro Vancouver! He helps fill our weekly Veggie Box Program (CSA) and market stands, and keeps the farms and veggies going for all the programs to use and munch on. Mark has been farming in the Vancouver area for seven years, and has been in the orbits of Fresh Roots almost since the very beginning.
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 shed leads teams of adult volunteers during our Big Helps and Team Builds.
Youth Empowerment Team
Youth Curriculum and 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.
Carrot Club Facilitator
Rosalind joins the Fresh Roots team from a diverse background in urban agriculture, sustainable food systems and community organizing. As a graduate of the Land and Food Systems faculty at UBC, she enjoys stewarding projects to their fruition and implementing new approaches to community food security.
SOYL Program Facilitator
After spending two years in the SOYL program herself, Amanda was eager to continue her journey with Fresh Roots and is now back as a SOYL Program Facilitator for her second year. She loves to find ways to engage youth in conversations about food and sustainability, and has a huge passion for environmental education. She is currently studying Science at the University of British Columbia.
SOYL Program Facilitator
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. Nicole left Vancouver to study Environmental Engineering at the University of Northern British Columbia, but the draw of sunny days on the farm and giving the same experience that she was so grateful for to even more youth proved too much to resist. She has joined our SOYL Vancouver staff team for two summers now.
Experiential Learning Team
Experiential Curriculum and 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 together community. 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.
Community Engagement Manager
Sarah loves words—specifically, she loves that words can empower people and make change happen. Sarah was once the managing editor of a magazine, she has taught fun writing workshops to hundreds of humans of all ages, and she co-founded the Writers’ Exchange, a charity that gets inner-city kids in Vancouver excited about reading, writing, and their own potential.