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Juan Pablo Echeverria - Outreach and Education Coordinator

Juan Pablo is responsible for expanding farm education programs, creating strategic partnerships, and building capacity for schools and communities in Fairfax County - Route 1 Corridor to grow their own food. He joined Arcadia in 2019 as the Outreach and Education Coordinator to address food system inequities in local communities with the intent of improving food access, reducing food insecurity, and fostering better nutrition. He joins our team with 10 years of experience in agriculture and nonprofit management. In Guatemala, his home country, Juan Pablo co-founded an urban sustainability organization, owned and managed an urban organic farm, owned a bar and restaurant and served as president for a Public Health nonprofit. He also completed a business management degree from Universidad Mesoamericana de Guatemala. Though relatively new to the greater DC area, Juan Pablo looks forward to building a new community around gardens and food.    

Pamela Hess - Executive Director

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.

Kenneth Meyers - Farm Operations Manager

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Ivy Mitchell - Farm Education Director

Ivy Mitchell is Arcadia’s Farm Education Manager. She came to Arcadia in 2017 as the Farm Camp Manager and did such a tremendous job Arcadia wouldn't let her go. Ivy became interested in foodways while obtaining a degree in anthropology and African and African American studies at the University of Arkansas. Later, she attended culinary school in Austin, TX, studying plant-based diets. While there, she began introducing children to healthy foods and their local food scene. Next she moved to Orlando, FL, where she spent three years in different roles in the local restaurant and food scene – from working as a culinary intern to managing and coordinating a SNAP program at a farmers’ market. Ivy realized she wanted to leave food service and work on food access and education full time. Ivy is so proud of her role as a farm educator, and has fallen in love with NOVA and the DMV area.

Matt Mulder - Director of Operations

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.

Andrea Neal - Mobile Market Operations Manager 

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Samantha Pounder - Mobile Market Operations Manager 

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Terri Siggins - Project Manager: Live, Eat, Grow, Route 1

In addition to working on the Bailey's project, Terri also serves as Project Coordinator for the Fairfax Food Council (FFC) in which Arcadia is an active organization on the steering committee. She holds a M.Ed and Ph.D in Education specializing in curriculum development and instructional practices. Building on her interest in how nutrition impacts the health and learning of students, she completed a M.S. in Nutrition from George Mason University. She is currently focused on food equity in the context of food access, nutrition, and education. Terri has been active with the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax, assisting with the FFC Community Food Assessment which laid the foundation for the Bailey’s project. Terri is excited to be working on a project that has the potential to make a system wide change in the way communities think about food and health.

Leah Turner - Membership & Administrative Coordinator  

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From the Arcadia Blog

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     As many of you may know, one of our Farm Fellows this year, Zeek Lee, is quite smitten with garlic. Given that planting garlic is one of the last big projects of the year, I asked him to share some...

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