STAFF

Lori Blumenthal, Farm to School Gardens Manager   lori@gardencityharvest.org  Lori grew up in Connecticut, but was called to Vermont’s Green Mountains for college. After graduating from UVM, she spent a season as farm apprentice in Maine. During these 5 months spent living in an electricity-free trailer in the woods, she fell in love with growing food. From there, Lori went on to work on a teaching farm on Martha’s Vineyard, start a high school ag program in Connecticut, tend to school gardens and teach high school science in Colorado. In 2016 she moved to Missoula, and can be found mountain biking, snowboarding, sewing, and generally recreating outdoors. She has an Environmental Studies degree from the University of Vermont, and a Master’s degree in Education from Western State Colorado University.

Lori Blumenthal, Farm to School Gardens Manager

lori@gardencityharvest.org

Lori grew up in Connecticut, but was called to Vermont’s Green Mountains for college. After graduating from UVM, she spent a season as farm apprentice in Maine. During these 5 months spent living in an electricity-free trailer in the woods, she fell in love with growing food. From there, Lori went on to work on a teaching farm on Martha’s Vineyard, start a high school ag program in Connecticut, tend to school gardens and teach high school science in Colorado. In 2016 she moved to Missoula, and can be found mountain biking, snowboarding, sewing, and generally recreating outdoors. She has an Environmental Studies degree from the University of Vermont, and a Master’s degree in Education from Western State Colorado University.

Ruth Crystal, Administrative Coordinator    ruth@gardencityharvest.org   Originally from California, Ruth made the move to Missoula in 2010 to pursue her degree in environmental studies. She has since then found herself working with a number of nonprofits in the area, and has most recently received her MBA after completing her final study in zero waste food business. When she's not in the office, you can find her experimenting with container gardening, cooking, drinking tea, or hiking.

Ruth Crystal, Administrative Coordinator

ruth@gardencityharvest.org

Originally from California, Ruth made the move to Missoula in 2010 to pursue her degree in environmental studies. She has since then found herself working with a number of nonprofits in the area, and has most recently received her MBA after completing her final study in zero waste food business. When she's not in the office, you can find her experimenting with container gardening, cooking, drinking tea, or hiking.

Samantha Cypher, Youth Farm Field Manager   406.660.0661 ·  samantha@gardencityharvest.org   Samantha came to Missoula from the big sky country of southwestern Montana to pursue an education in Visual Art. There, she found herself growing an interest in food and community which landed her interning at the PEAS Farm and pursuing an Environmental Studies minor. She started with Garden City Harvest as the PEAS Farm caretaker, spent some time as the River Road Farm Assistant and now is managing operations at Youth Farm. When she’s not watching the magic happen in the greenhouse or out in the fields, she enjoys outdoor adventure, sewing, making art, cooking, biking, and good books.

Samantha Cypher, Youth Farm Field Manager

406.660.0661 · samantha@gardencityharvest.org

Samantha came to Missoula from the big sky country of southwestern Montana to pursue an education in Visual Art. There, she found herself growing an interest in food and community which landed her interning at the PEAS Farm and pursuing an Environmental Studies minor. She started with Garden City Harvest as the PEAS Farm caretaker, spent some time as the River Road Farm Assistant and now is managing operations at Youth Farm. When she’s not watching the magic happen in the greenhouse or out in the fields, she enjoys outdoor adventure, sewing, making art, cooking, biking, and good books.

 
Jensen Falker, Community Gardens Intern     jensen@gardencityharvest.org   Jensen has a passion for the outdoors and healthy, sustainable living. After her recent move to Missoula in 2018, she was naturally drawn to the mission of Garden City Harvest and spent the season volunteering at River Road Farm. She found so much joy being involved in the community and learning about plants and food. Needless to say, time spent on the farm sparked a desire to continue to learn and grow. This season Jensen is joining Garden City Harvest as the Community Gardens Intern, and she is excited to support the gardens and gardeners while expanding her knowledge of sustainable agriculture and community building.

Jensen Falker, Community Gardens Intern

jensen@gardencityharvest.org

Jensen has a passion for the outdoors and healthy, sustainable living. After her recent move to Missoula in 2018, she was naturally drawn to the mission of Garden City Harvest and spent the season volunteering at River Road Farm. She found so much joy being involved in the community and learning about plants and food. Needless to say, time spent on the farm sparked a desire to continue to learn and grow. This season Jensen is joining Garden City Harvest as the Community Gardens Intern, and she is excited to support the gardens and gardeners while expanding her knowledge of sustainable agriculture and community building.

Amy Harvey, Farm to School Gardens Manager    amy@gardencityharvest.org   Amy grew up in the Bitterroot Valley and is a Montanan through and through. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Environmental Studies. Following college she returned to Montana, settling in Missoula. Amy’s first experience with Garden City Harvest was as an intern learning the fundamentals of sustainable farming at Orchard Gardens. She then served two years as a FoodCorps service member alongside GCH and Missoula County Public Schools focusing on nutrition education, school gardens, and local procurement for the school district’s food service. Amy is excited to continue working with the Farm to School team in a new capacity this season. When Amy is not in the school gardens, she can be found hiking, skiing, biking, cooking, and traveling.

Amy Harvey, Farm to School Gardens Manager

amy@gardencityharvest.org

Amy grew up in the Bitterroot Valley and is a Montanan through and through. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Environmental Studies. Following college she returned to Montana, settling in Missoula. Amy’s first experience with Garden City Harvest was as an intern learning the fundamentals of sustainable farming at Orchard Gardens. She then served two years as a FoodCorps service member alongside GCH and Missoula County Public Schools focusing on nutrition education, school gardens, and local procurement for the school district’s food service. Amy is excited to continue working with the Farm to School team in a new capacity this season. When Amy is not in the school gardens, she can be found hiking, skiing, biking, cooking, and traveling.

Genevieve Jessop Marsh, Community Outreach Director   406.550.3663 ·  genevieve@gardencityharvest.org   Genevieve hails from the piedmont of North Carolina. She fell in love with sustainable agriculture in Vermont, and studied the subject in Missoula, Montana where she earned her Master’s of Science in 2006. In her work at Garden City Harvest, she heads the Community Gardens team and celebrates the work of our farms and gardens through events and outreach. Prior to joining the Garden City Harvest crew, she worked for the Intervale Center, Sierra Nevada Alliance, Lake Champlain Land Trust and Audubon Society of Portland. She enjoys writing, reading (but not arithmetic), gardening, adventures that require a tent and good walking shoes, and, like her grandfather, the feel of the sun on her back.

Genevieve Jessop Marsh, Community Outreach Director

406.550.3663 · genevieve@gardencityharvest.org

Genevieve hails from the piedmont of North Carolina. She fell in love with sustainable agriculture in Vermont, and studied the subject in Missoula, Montana where she earned her Master’s of Science in 2006. In her work at Garden City Harvest, she heads the Community Gardens team and celebrates the work of our farms and gardens through events and outreach. Prior to joining the Garden City Harvest crew, she worked for the Intervale Center, Sierra Nevada Alliance, Lake Champlain Land Trust and Audubon Society of Portland. She enjoys writing, reading (but not arithmetic), gardening, adventures that require a tent and good walking shoes, and, like her grandfather, the feel of the sun on her back.

 
Maria Kendra Netzloff, Development Director   406.523.3663 ·  maria@gardencityharvest.org   Maria came to Missoula from Michigan in 2005 to study Spanish and Nonprofit Administration at the University of Montana. After graduating, she did some world traveling and completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) in Austin, Texas. Some of Maria’s favorite things are watercolor painting, cooking, playing guitar, outdoor adventures, and tending to her rooftop container garden.

Maria Kendra Netzloff, Development Director

406.523.3663 · maria@gardencityharvest.org

Maria came to Missoula from Michigan in 2005 to study Spanish and Nonprofit Administration at the University of Montana. After graduating, she did some world traveling and completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) in Austin, Texas. Some of Maria’s favorite things are watercolor painting, cooking, playing guitar, outdoor adventures, and tending to her rooftop container garden.

Emily Kern, Community Gardens Manager    emily@gardencityharvest.org   Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Emily earned a degree in landscape architecture from Colorado State University before discovering the wilds and wonders of Montana. Her love of all plants has provided her with a variety of professional experiences around the West, including wilderness trip-leading, ecology research, farming, permaculture and landscape design. Emily has been involved with the community garden program as a gardener, leadership committee member and compost instructor. She encourages everyone to grow some of their own food and to have fun doing so!

Emily Kern, Community Gardens Manager

emily@gardencityharvest.org

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Emily earned a degree in landscape architecture from Colorado State University before discovering the wilds and wonders of Montana. Her love of all plants has provided her with a variety of professional experiences around the West, including wilderness trip-leading, ecology research, farming, permaculture and landscape design. Emily has been involved with the community garden program as a gardener, leadership committee member and compost instructor. She encourages everyone to grow some of their own food and to have fun doing so!

Laura Lee, Bookkeeper    laura@gardencityharvest.org   Laura is a long time keeper of nonprofit and for profit books. She keeps Garden City Harvest’s finances ship-shape. In her free time, she and two of her three sons play with swords (in other words, she is the Director of the Missoula Fencing Association).

Laura Lee, Bookkeeper

laura@gardencityharvest.org

Laura is a long time keeper of nonprofit and for profit books. She keeps Garden City Harvest’s finances ship-shape. In her free time, she and two of her three sons play with swords (in other words, she is the Director of the Missoula Fencing Association).

 
Jason Mandala, Farm to School Director   406.239.5524 ·  jason@gardencityharvest.org   Jason is originally from Ohio, and has lived in Missoula since 2004. He is a lover of all things kale and garlic, and is devoted to working with kids at the farm or in school gardens. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana with a focus on place-based education and sustainable agriculture.

Jason Mandala, Farm to School Director

406.239.5524 · jason@gardencityharvest.org

Jason is originally from Ohio, and has lived in Missoula since 2004. He is a lover of all things kale and garlic, and is devoted to working with kids at the farm or in school gardens. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana with a focus on place-based education and sustainable agriculture.

Tami McDaniel, Youth Harvest Project Director   406.207.8199 ·  tami@gardencityharvest.org   Tami’s academic background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Minor in Dance and a Masters in Teaching. Her professional pursuits have been driven by a desire to build healthy natural and social communities. She has done this through youth work centered in urban ecology, wilderness, and agriculture. Tami has developed, managed and taught several at-risk youth programs through work as environmental educator, alternative high school teacher, wilderness guide and behavior consultant. She now brings her commitment to empowering young people to Garden City Harvest’s Youth Harvest Project. She attributes her success in life to a combination of hard work, compassion for others, a good sense of humor and lots of dance parties!

Tami McDaniel, Youth Harvest Project Director

406.207.8199 · tami@gardencityharvest.org

Tami’s academic background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Minor in Dance and a Masters in Teaching. Her professional pursuits have been driven by a desire to build healthy natural and social communities. She has done this through youth work centered in urban ecology, wilderness, and agriculture. Tami has developed, managed and taught several at-risk youth programs through work as environmental educator, alternative high school teacher, wilderness guide and behavior consultant. She now brings her commitment to empowering young people to Garden City Harvest’s Youth Harvest Project. She attributes her success in life to a combination of hard work, compassion for others, a good sense of humor and lots of dance parties!

Lauren O’Laughlin, Community Gardens Assistant   406.240.8905lauren@gardencityharvest.org  Originally from Whitefish, Lauren moved to Missoula after attending a food security event at PEAS farm and falling in love with the town. While finishing her degree in Natural Resource Conservation, she found herself more and more drawn to food and farming. Lauren was involved in the food security movement in the Flathead Valley, spent her summers as a farm hand in the Bitterroot, and interned for the UM dining system. Lauren is very excited to be part of the organization that started it all for her, and ready to encourage others to dig in the dirt as well. When not in the office or garden, Lauren can be found playing outdoors, hanging out with her cat, Habanero, or enthusiastically but poorly humming “Homegrown Tomatoes.”

Lauren O’Laughlin, Community Gardens Assistant

406.240.8905lauren@gardencityharvest.org

Originally from Whitefish, Lauren moved to Missoula after attending a food security event at PEAS farm and falling in love with the town. While finishing her degree in Natural Resource Conservation, she found herself more and more drawn to food and farming. Lauren was involved in the food security movement in the Flathead Valley, spent her summers as a farm hand in the Bitterroot, and interned for the UM dining system. Lauren is very excited to be part of the organization that started it all for her, and ready to encourage others to dig in the dirt as well. When not in the office or garden, Lauren can be found playing outdoors, hanging out with her cat, Habanero, or enthusiastically but poorly humming “Homegrown Tomatoes.”

 
Tracy Potter, Youth Farm Apprentice   tracy@gardencityharvest.org  A Missoula native, Tracy Potter has been a mainstay at Garden City Harvest’s Youth Farm since 2010. Tracy started out as a member of the youth employee crew and built her considerable skills over time to become the Youth Farm apprentice. With close to a decade of experience farming this site, Tracy is an invaluable member of the team. When she’s not helping run the show at the Youth Farm, Tracy can be found hiking, tending to her cat Ashes, or getting lost in a good book.

Tracy Potter, Youth Farm Apprentice

tracy@gardencityharvest.org

A Missoula native, Tracy Potter has been a mainstay at Garden City Harvest’s Youth Farm since 2010. Tracy started out as a member of the youth employee crew and built her considerable skills over time to become the Youth Farm apprentice. With close to a decade of experience farming this site, Tracy is an invaluable member of the team. When she’s not helping run the show at the Youth Farm, Tracy can be found hiking, tending to her cat Ashes, or getting lost in a good book.

Greg Price, River Road Neighborhood Farm Director   406.240.3848 ·  greg@gardencityharvest.org   Greg has served as the River Road Neighborhood Farm and Community Garden Manager since 2002. Under his management, the farm produces more than 30,000 pounds of food in an annual growing season averaging just 120 days. In a past life, Greg cooked for and managed the kitchen of Second Thought Restaurant. He now uses his kitchen creativity in cooking up the menu for Garden City Harvest’s Wintergreens locally grown supper and fundraiser. Greg is a great advocate for grizzly bears and loves a good funk band.

Greg Price, River Road Neighborhood Farm Director

406.240.3848 · greg@gardencityharvest.org

Greg has served as the River Road Neighborhood Farm and Community Garden Manager since 2002. Under his management, the farm produces more than 30,000 pounds of food in an annual growing season averaging just 120 days. In a past life, Greg cooked for and managed the kitchen of Second Thought Restaurant. He now uses his kitchen creativity in cooking up the menu for Garden City Harvest’s Wintergreens locally grown supper and fundraiser. Greg is a great advocate for grizzly bears and loves a good funk band.

Ethan Smith, Operations Director   406.240.3506 ·  ethan@gardencityharvest.org   Ethan has a Master’s of Science from the University of Montana and works to keep Garden City Harvest facilities and general operations running smoothly – especially at the PEAS Farm. He enjoys hunting, fly fishing, and lying in the summer sun with his daughters, Harley and Wylie.

Ethan Smith, Operations Director

406.240.3506 · ethan@gardencityharvest.org

Ethan has a Master’s of Science from the University of Montana and works to keep Garden City Harvest facilities and general operations running smoothly – especially at the PEAS Farm. He enjoys hunting, fly fishing, and lying in the summer sun with his daughters, Harley and Wylie.

 
Clare Vergobbi, Orchard Gardens Farm Manager    clare@gardencityharvest.org   Clare grew up in Salt Lake City, where she spent a lot of time playing in the dirt. She moved to Missoula to pursue a degree in Ecological Restoration and fell into farming along the way. She has worked on community garden initiatives in Salt Lake and served as assistant manager of the UM Dining Garden while earning her degree. She started with Garden City Harvest as the apprentice at River Road Farm and moved to Orchard Gardens two years later, first as the assistant and now as the manager. When she's not on the farm, she enjoys eating good food, getting lost in the mountains, and reading good books.

Clare Vergobbi, Orchard Gardens Farm Manager

clare@gardencityharvest.org

Clare grew up in Salt Lake City, where she spent a lot of time playing in the dirt. She moved to Missoula to pursue a degree in Ecological Restoration and fell into farming along the way. She has worked on community garden initiatives in Salt Lake and served as assistant manager of the UM Dining Garden while earning her degree. She started with Garden City Harvest as the apprentice at River Road Farm and moved to Orchard Gardens two years later, first as the assistant and now as the manager. When she's not on the farm, she enjoys eating good food, getting lost in the mountains, and reading good books.

Dave Victor, PEAS Farm Director   406.240.7590   davevictor@gardencityharvest.org   Dave is a lover of plants and the soil that sustains them. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana where he focused on seed saving at the River Road Farm. Off the farm, he enjoys tending to his red worms and growing mushrooms.

Dave Victor, PEAS Farm Director

406.240.7590

davevictor@gardencityharvest.org

Dave is a lover of plants and the soil that sustains them. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana where he focused on seed saving at the River Road Farm. Off the farm, he enjoys tending to his red worms and growing mushrooms.

Mark Wayne, Youth Farm Youth Manager    mark@gardencityharvest.org   Originally from Southeastern Virginia, Mark moved to Montana in 2009 in order to develop his skills in sustainable agriculture. While pursuing his degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana, he started an internship with Garden City Harvest and never left. At the Youth Farm he works with and manages the youth crew, teaching skills, and growing some tasty veggies.

Mark Wayne, Youth Farm Youth Manager

mark@gardencityharvest.org

Originally from Southeastern Virginia, Mark moved to Montana in 2009 in order to develop his skills in sustainable agriculture. While pursuing his degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana, he started an internship with Garden City Harvest and never left. At the Youth Farm he works with and manages the youth crew, teaching skills, and growing some tasty veggies.

 
Ian Wilder, River Road Farm Assistant   406.543.4992 ·  i an@gardencityharvest.org

Ian Wilder, River Road Farm Assistant

406.543.4992 · ian@gardencityharvest.org

Jean Zosel, Executive Director   406.239.3555 ·  jean@gardencityharvest.org   Jean grew up in a small farming community in the Midwest where she first learned the value of community and of neighbor helping neighbor. She’s dug deep into the Missoula community, having led the boards of the YWCA, NCBI, Run Wild Missoula, the Women’s Hockey Association. Prior to joining Garden City Harvest, Jean worked for KECI-TV – starting at the ground level and working her way up to Station Manager of a three station working group. She is proud of her role as soccer coach to many Missoula girls since the mid-1990s.

Jean Zosel, Executive Director

406.239.3555 · jean@gardencityharvest.org

Jean grew up in a small farming community in the Midwest where she first learned the value of community and of neighbor helping neighbor. She’s dug deep into the Missoula community, having led the boards of the YWCA, NCBI, Run Wild Missoula, the Women’s Hockey Association. Prior to joining Garden City Harvest, Jean worked for KECI-TV – starting at the ground level and working her way up to Station Manager of a three station working group. She is proud of her role as soccer coach to many Missoula girls since the mid-1990s.