Delite Primus, Executive Director – delite@youthgardenproject.org

Delite PrimusDelite became the Executive Director of YGP in January 2012 after serving as the Associate Director for the previous four years. Delite was born and raised on her family’s farm in Iowa, and later attended Wartburg College. After college Delite worked for United Way, and built on that experience with a position at Habitat for Humanity in Minnesota. An internship with Heifer International brought her to the California sunshine where she gained valuable experience in organic farming. In 2008, Delite was hired to be the Associate Director of the Youth Garden Project. Since moving to Moab she has served on the board of Community Rebuilds, the Moab Community Action Coalition, and volunteered with a variety of other nonprofits. Delite is committed to the Youth Garden Project being a healthy, nurturing, and fun place for everyone to learn and grow.

 

Erin Trim, Associate Director – erin@youthgardenproject.org

BIOpicThis is Erin’s second season with the Youth Garden as Associate Director. Having worked as an AmeriCorps apprentice at the Youth Garden, with another area nonprofit, and in the local elementary school over the last five years, Erin is really invested in our community and its future generation.  Before calling Moab home, she lived in Michigan’s mitten where she attended Kendall College of Art and Design, where she studied functional art, design systems, and was on a team that mapped food deserts in large cities. She has been involved with various community projects that involve youth learning creatively, volunteering for organizations such as VSA and Entre Amigos.

 

Kaitlin Thomas, Program Manager – kaitlin@youthgardenproject.org

kaitlinnewprofileKaitlin began working at the Youth Garden Project in April 2010, and is now in her fifth season of work with YGP. She studied Horticulture at the University of Vermont and during her last two years there developed an interest in combining her horticultural studies with education.  Kaitlin’s background  working with both children and plants has helped prepare her for the involved work she does with experiential education at the Garden. Kaitlin is grateful to be part of the YGP team and while not working enjoys spending time in her own garden and outdoors exploring new places!

 

Sarah Perez-Sanz, Garden Manager – sarah@youthgardenproject.org

SPSSarah originally came to YGP as a Garden Intern in the summer of 2013, and discovered the importance of connecting people – especially kids! – to the source of their food.  Continuing in that vein, she spent the winter teaching environmental education (while feeding pigs and milking cows on the side) at an organic farm in the Bay Area.  Not able to deny the call of the lovely desert community of Moab, Sarah returned to the Youth Garden the following summer as Kitchen Manager Intern, and was later hired as the Garden Manager.  Sarah studied Biology at Colorado College and has a fascination with all things food related.  She is very excited to be joining our staff team as the Garden Manager!

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