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Katherine is spearheading Arcadia’s new vegetable production operation on the historic Woodlawn property. She first became interested in vegetable production as an urban gardener and environmental educator. After spending a year learning about agricultural systems from subsistence farmers in Ecuador as a Fulbright grant recipient, she returned to the US to complete an ecological certificate course at UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). For the two following seasons, she applied this knowledge as an employee at Potomac Vegetable Farms where she learned a lot about mid-Atlantic growing from the farmers there. Now, she is excited to be a part of the work that Arcadia is doing to bring delicious, nourishing food to all parts of Washington, DC.
Executive Director Pamela Hess has been with Arcadia since March 2013. She came to Arcadia from journalism. A career national security journalist, Pam covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Pentagon and CIA with the Associated Press and United Press International. After a brief foray into national politics as a communications director on Capitol Hill, Pam returned to her first love: food and sustainable farms. In 2011, she took the helm of a local food and wine magazine that celebrated sustainable food and farming in the Capitol Foodshed, and in the course of it, met and fell in love with Arcadia. She brings to Arcadia a deep commitment to its mission, a large and expanding network of farmers and food advocates, and a great reputation within the sustainable food community.
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Jeremy manages Arcadia's Mobile Market Program. He works to coordinate Market volunteers, our Market outreach work, and drive the bus. Jeremy studied community based food systems at Virginia Tech, where he first started work on connecting local farmers to folks looking for good food. A Northern Virginia native, he grew up surrounded by income and health disparities in the DC area, and is happy to return home to help work on addressing these problems . Before coming to Arcadia he worked on several farms in Virginia and North Carolina, as well as several other local food projects in the DC area. Jeremy's favorite part of the Mobile Market is reconnecting older DC residents with healthy food that they grew up with, and introducing healthy foods to a new generation of eaters.
Matt is responsible for organizational development and operations, strategic partnerships, and outreach and communication for Arcadia’s programs. Matt has spent the last 17 years actively working on environmental and agricultural programs in the DC nonprofit community. His experience as the founding Director of the Accokeek Foundation’s Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship provides a great understanding of the issues at the heart of Arcadia’s mission. His academic experience includes a Master’s degree in Biology, with scientific research in the fields of Ecology, Pollination Ecology, Ornithology, and Herpetology. Matt loves to garden and eat good food, and is excited to have a job that incorporates both of those loves.
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Tonya and Kasey co-manage Bainum Foundation Farm, a new farm project that Arcadia is managing in partnership with the Bainum Family Foundation. Kasey and Tonya join us from the farming community of northwestern Connecticut, where they have been learning and farming together for the past 8 years. Their most recent efforts focused on building a sustainable, diversified farm and education program for a small boarding school that had acquired an historic 160-acre farm property. They grew 2 acres of vegetables and flowers and raised honeybees, chickens, pigs, goats and oxen, all while incorporating lessons and educational opportunities for the students and local community. They met while serving as volunteers in the US Peace Corps in the small southern African country of Malawi, where Kasey worked in environmental conservation andTonya in community health and nutrition. They bring to their work a passion for protecting the environment, a love of good food and a belief in the power of sharing what you have with others. Kasey and Tonya are excited to begin this new adventure, and look forward to playing a part in expanding access to healthy, fresh vegetables for kids and families in DC.