Emily is excited to take over the position of Program Manager/Educator for Common Ground Garden, starting June 2016! She recently returned to her hometown of Woodside after receiving her undergraduate degree in sustainable development from Washington University in St. Louis. While living in St. Louis, Emily spent a summer interning for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, which jump-started her passion for environmental sustainability and combating climate change. Despite this great experience, Missouri winters weren’t her favorite, so she then decided to take a trip toward the tropics. In the spring of 2015, Emily traveled to Samoa, where she completed a month-long independent study project on traditional agricultural methods – along with learning to spearfish and dance the Samoan siva. After her return to St. Louis, Emily graduated a semester early and used that time to work at the Challenger Learning Center in Ferguson. At Challenger, she honed her skills as an informal science educator. Now, Emily is thrilled to combine her interests in education and the environment with the help of Common Ground Garden. She can’t wait to learn more about sustainable agriculture and urban farming, and to then share that knowledge with the community!
Emily can be contacted at Education@www.commongroundgarden.com
Paul is living his dream as the Farm Manager at Common Ground Garden. As an East Bay native from Richmond, CA, Paul started growing vegetables in his parents backyard as a relief from the stress of university life. Back then, Paul was studying physics and astrophysics at UC Berkeley. Gardening was such a sweet reprieve from all the hours spent in computer and electronics labs. After college Paul moved to Dublin, Ireland to strengthen family connections there and to pursue a PhD on the physics of the Sun. He stayed for 5 years, got married and wrote a ~300 page thesis on how the Sun twists magnetic fields and propels huge bubbles of plasma toward the Earth. This might sound ’90 million miles’ from gardening, but plants need the Sun to grow! While in Ireland Paul led ‘Love Irish Science’, a campaign to secure more government funding for fundamental science research, and Student2Scientist, a educational program designed to teach high school students how to use simple computer programming to replicate what scientists do in their research. These projects were a great outlet for Paul’s desire to impact his community in positive ways, and taught him skills he would need at Common Ground. A visiting researcher position brought Paul to Silicon Valley, and since arriving he has grown increasingly involved with urban farming projects and food system policy. He has finally found his calling to grow food using truly sustainable methods and teaching others how to do the same at Common Ground Garden.
Paul can be contacted at Paul@www.commongroundgarden.com