Our Staff

Delite Primus, Executive Director – delite@youthgardenproject.org

Delite PrimusDelite became the Executive Director of YGP in January of 2012. She 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 on as 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 being a healthy, nurturing, and fun place for everyone to learn and grow.


Kate Niederehe, Associate Director - kate@youthgardenproject.org
IMG_1657-225x300Kate grew up in Maryland just north of Washington, D.C. and started her migration westward by studying Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She recognizes the unique ability for nature to stimulate personal growth and long-lasting learning experiences, and is passionate for creating more opportunities to connect people of all ages to the outdoor  world. Her first job was at a backyard birding nature store and since then has worked at high/low ropes courses, wilderness therapy programs, and environmental education programs across the US. The red rock landscape drew her to Moab in 2010 to work with Canyonlands Field Institute as a naturalist guide and instructor.  Kate was hired as YGP’s Associate Director in Winter 2016 and is excited to be working to support its unique garden programs!


Julie Zender, Program Manager - julie@youthgardenproject.org

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Although born and raised in the Midwest, Julie ended up in Moab working with YGP for a full season internship as a Program Instructor in 2014. After pursuing a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri, her career transitioned out of public schools and into the garden. Julie believes garden space naturally encourages hands-on and exploratory learning that can’t always be found as easily in a classroom setting. With much experience teaching, developing, and enhancing curriculum-she is ready to grow in her new role as Program Manager!


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

Sarah 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.


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  • October 26, 2016 2:00 pm8th Grade Environmental Science Elective
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