Mark Bowen, Education and Community Outreach Coordinator
Mark is originally from Washington DC region where he worked as the Director of the Green Institute at Maya Angelou Academy, which included operating a small farm, landscaping, and applied energy conservation techniques. Mark also taught biology, earth and environmental science at Maya Angelou Academy. He has worked as a community organizer for ACORN and the Save Middle-East (Baltimore) Action Committee, and as an organic farmer at Cromwell Valley CSA in Baltimore County, MD. Mark has a B.S. in Sociology from Morgan State University in Baltimore, and is a certified Horticultural Therapist through the Horticultural Therapy Institute based in Denver, CO.
Jetson Brown, Downtown Farm Manager
Jetson grew up gardening in south Florida. In 2007 he attended an extension program at the University of California, Santa Cruz called “CASFS”, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. At CASFS he gathered a foundation of knowledge about everything from bed preparation and pest control to bouquet making and good record keeping.
Since then he has worked on small production farms in Austin, Texas and has managed an urban educational farm in Petaluma, California for a non-profit. Jetson is passionate about creating sustainable, local food systems and teaching youth about where food comes from.
Catherine Doe, Hampstead Farm Manager
We are excited to introduce our new Hampstead Farm Manager, Catherine Doe. Catherine comes to us from Oakland, California where she most recently managed an urban farm at Berkeley Youth Alternatives. At BYA she taught high school students skills to grow, eat and share healthy food, and focused on job skills and leadership development.
Catherine completed a Masters Degree in counseling psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, and an apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. She has worked on a family farm in Austin, TX and run gardening classes for both children and adults. Catherine has also combined her passions of farming and counseling to create therapeutic gardening programs in the Bay Area of California with adults in recovery and with youth.
Amanda Edwards, EAT South Americorp Vista
Originally from rural Connecticut, Amanda attended Whittier College in Los Angeles County, California. There, Amanda studied Environmental Science with emphasis on Ecology and Conservation. Amanda conducted independent research on the coffee borer beetle in San Pedro de Vilcabamba, Ecuador and travelled to Kenya to assist with dung beetle research in the Tana River Forests. She enjoys serving in whatever community she resides in.
Currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) with EAT South, Amanda has a passion for educating youth and hopes to pursue a career path in agro-ecology or sustainable agriculture. She works alongside EAT South staff to develop farm curriculum, expand outreach through social media and facilitate programs. Partnering with the Seeds of Hope Garden middle school program at Common Ground Montgomery, Amanda is cultivating a lasting relationship between the two organizations