Anita manages the 1 acres Market Garden at Woodlawn and directs farmer training for Arcadia's Veteran Farmer Program. Anita initially became interested in sustainable agriculture and food equity/access while working as a social worker in Brooklyn, NY. There she co-founded Seeds to Feed rooftop farm at a supportive housing residence for formerly homeless, mentally ill adults. From there, she spent a growing season at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) in Santa Cruz, CA, where she earned a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture. Anita went on to manage Common Good City Farm in Washington, DC for two years and most recently was the assistant farmer at One Woman Farm in Gibsonia, PA.
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.
Morgan manages Arcadia’s education programs including Farm Field Trips, Arcadia Farm Camp, and the Get Growing! Workshops. She also helps maintain an inspiring environment in the Groundhog Garden, our educational space for kids. Morgan has a bachelor’s degree in Health & Exercise Science from Wake Forest University where her interest in nutrition first began. Before coming to Arcadia, she spent several years working with low-income families in Appalachia through the Appalachia Service Project. While working closely with these families, she grew to understand the complex issues regarding equal access to healthy foods. She has a passion for combating low-income food issues through improved education, access, and sustainability. Morgan loves watching young minds grow while visiting Arcadia Farm.
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.