“See You Soon” 

It was ten years ago that I had the chance to see one of Fresh Roots’ first plants grow. It was a towering Jerusalem Artichoke – small golden sunflowers on top, and a tasty potato-ish tuber on the bottom. Standing tall in a schoolyard in East Vancouver, it would regrow itself each year, making the 8-foot journey from soil to sky. It inspired me to stand a little taller and strive a little longer. I was just a young kid – and Fresh Roots was also young – trying to figure out how to make this world a little better and what my – and its – role could and should be. 

And so we grew together – with many of you! Together we celebrated the joy of fresh food and the lessons learned through growing, eating, and observing: patience, teamwork, forbearance, and so much more. As a board member, volunteer, field hand, poet-in-chief and Executive Director at Fresh Roots, I’ve realized that we have always been bringing more than sunshine yellow flowers and fruits to schools. We have been cultivating joy, building and animating creative learning spaces, and instilling the firm belief that youth themselves have the power and capacity to make their lives better.

After ten years, and one-third of my life, I’m ready to spread my wings and take on a new adventure. I’ll be leaving Fresh Roots this winter, saying goodbye to Fresh Roots, this first child with Ilana Labow. I think that Fresh Roots is ready to leave the nest and ready for its next adventure. I too am ready to spread my wings and serve my community in a new and different way. 

At the same time, Fresh Roots is already off to an exciting new part of its journey. Alexa Pitoulis, long-time supporter and former board member, will be the new Executive Director. It’s been a pleasure working with Alexa over the past few years and I know that she will continue to lead the Fresh Roots community with joy and inspiration.  

Thank you to each and every one of you who have been part of my personal journey and have been and are a part of Good Food For All.  It’s incredible what happens when even a few hands get together and plant something larger than themselves – there’s nothing we cannot do.  Here’s to the next ten years of Good Food For All.  

With a fistful of sunshine, 


PS – Please do not hesitate to be in touch. You can reach me at

3 thoughts on ““See You Soon” A Message From Marc Schutzbank

  1. It has been a pleasure meeting and working with you and the Fresh Roots project at Suwa’lkh over the years Marc. I wish you and your family all the best on your future endeavors. You will be known by the Fresh Roots community and the schools you engaged with by the ‘tracks you have left behind’. Take care my friend. Hopefully our paths will continue to cross in the future.

  2. Thanks for your lovely message, Marc, and for all you do for your community — for Fresh Roots and way beyond!
    I know you have amazing adventures ahead and I look forward to seeing where your path takes you next.

    Congrats to Alexa on her new role. Fresh Roots is in good hands as it moves out of the nest and takes flight.

  3. Congrats, Marc (and Ilana!). You’ve given great service to the community. Wishing you and your new family well.
    Stay in touch.

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