Our Staff & Board

The Youth Garden Project relies on a team of people to carry out our programs & events, grow the garden, and achieve our mission. The core of this team includes four full-time staff members, one AmeriCorps VISTA member, seasonal apprentices and interns each year, and dedicated volunteers serving as our Board of Directors. Find out our more about the staff, interns, and board of YGP below.

Interested in joining our team? Check for job openings.

Meet Our Staff

Our Staff, Youth Garden Project
Emily

Executive Director

Emily has been Executive Director of YGP since Fall 2021, after having first spent a season as a garden intern and then two years in the Outreach & Development Coordinator role. Emily sees the garden as an invaluable asset to the Moab community. She’s excited to continue developing YGP as a place where people of all ages can learn new skills and foster meaningful relationships to their local environment, the food system, and with each other.

Contact: 
emily@youthgardenproject.org

Our Staff, Youth Garden Project
Erin

Youth Programs Director

Erin recently joined the YGP team as the Youth Programs Director in summer 2021. She has led youth programming and taught outdoor education seasonally around the country for the past few years and is excited to settle down in Moab for a while. Erin is looking forward to seeing youth learn about their food and connect with their local environment in a hands-on way.

Contact:
erin.v@youthgardenproject.org

 

Our Staff, Youth Garden Project
Sarah

Produce Manager

Sarah first joined YGP as a Farm Intern in 2020. She returned the following season as YGP’s Farm Produce Manager. Sarah sees local food as a valuable tool in nourishing our community’s health and resiliency.

Contact:
sarah@youthgardenproject.org

 

Our Staff, Youth Garden Project
Ben

Farm Manager

 

Contact:
ben@youthgardenproject.org

 

Our Staff, Youth Garden Project
Jessie

Outreach & Development Coordinator

Jessie first joined YGP as an Americorps VISTA member from 2020-2021, and returned as Outreach & Development Coordinator in January 2022. She is excited about the opportunity to further foster connections between YGP, the Moab community, and our shared planet. 

Contact:
jessie@youthgardenproject.org

 

Meet Our AmeriCorps Member

Our Staff, Youth Garden Project
Emily B.

Garden-Based Curriculum Specialist, AmeriCorps VISTA

Emily is joining YGP for the 2021-2022 year as the Garden-Based Curriculum Specialist with AmeriCorps. She believes knowing where one’s food comes from is essential in giving back to both the environment and the community around it, and is excited to foster students learning at the garden.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Desiree Westfall
Chair

Physician Assistant, Moab Regional Hospital

Anne Clare Erickson
Vice Chair

Sales Director

Makeda Barkley
Assistant Director, Moab Folk Festival

Jen Sadoff
Treasurer

CEO, Moab Regional Hospital

Tim Graham
Soil Scientist, Retired

Nan Marquardt
Secretary

Psychologist, Retired

Bruce Keeler
Goat Herd

Joshua Cameron
High School English Teacher