Montgomery Victory Gardens is a non-profit initiative committed
to building a more self-reliant and sustainable local food system
in Montgomery County. As an integral part of the effort to build
a local food system, MVG works with individual and community gardeners
to bring the experience of growing and eating fresh, healthy local
food to county residents, and has organized the first county-wide
community gardening network among houses of worship to support local
food pantries. MVG is also heading the effort to bring vegetable
gardens to our county's public schools, and produces a weekly update
with the best in local food news, events and policy developments.
||Alexis Baden-Mayer is a lawyer who works in Washington,
DC as the political director of the Organic Consumers Association
[http://www.organicconsumers.org]. Alexis edits OCA's weekly
e-newsletter Organic Bytes, which reaches 250,000 organic consumers
each week, and runs OCA's campaigns against Monsanto, for strong
organic standards and to phase out the disposal of sewage sludge
on farmland. Outside of her work for OCA, Alexis teaches ballet
at Joy of Motion [http://www.joyofmotion.org} and is on the
board of the Washington Peace Center. [http://www.washingtonpeacecenter.org]
||Meredith Epstein is Montgomery Victory Gardens Networking
Coordinator. Meredith grew up in Rockville gardening with her
parents, but her love of growing food really blossomed when
she worked for EvenStar Organic Farm in St. Mary's County. Since
then Meredith revitalized the Community Garden at St. Mary's
College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental
Studies, then stayed on after graduation to work full time on
EvenStar's 35 cultivated acres.
Meredith is looking to eventually start farming in Montgomery
County or the immediate area, and recently completed an intensive
six-month apprenticeship at University of California - Santa
Cruz's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems,
where she received a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture.
She particularly enjoys seed saving, propagating, winter cropping,
and keeping backyard chickens!
||Susan Harris is a garden writer, blogger, Master Gardener
and coach. She publishes Sustainable-Gardening and the Sustainable
Gardening Blog, and contributes to GardenRant.
She co-founded DC Urban Gardeners, Green the Grounds.org, and
Reform Coalition, and is past president of the Takoma
||Nichole "Niki" Lewis owns Green
Earth Goods, a small market in Clarksburg Maryland that
features many locally produced foods from small farms. She is
a board member of the preservation coalition Montgomery Countryside
as well as GrowingSOUL. [www.growingsoul.org] She is a dedicated
organic grower of heirloom veggies at her 2 acre farm in Boyds.
||Erica Smith is a Master Gardener and the Coordinator
Emeritus of the Grow It Eat It program [http://www.growit.umd.edu/]
for Montgomery County as well as the vegetable realm of its
Master Gardener Demonstration Garden. She is a 20+ year resident
of Germantown where she shares half an acre with her husband
and children, a polydactyl cat, and too many groundhogs.
||Tim Willard is a 20 year resident of Kensington and
has been active in variety of green initiatives in Kensington
and with the Montgomery County government. He is a founding
member of Transition
Takoma Park and active in the Maryland Green party. He writes
a blog on sustainability issues: "The Future is Green"
for which he has actually received a small amount of money from
||Woody Woodroof is the Executive Director of Red Wiggler
Community Farm [http://www.redwiggler.org] in Clarksburg, which
he founded in 1996 as a result of his work with the developmentally
disabled. Today Red Wiggler provides meaningful work and/or
fresh food to 260 people with developmental disabilities, as
well as running a summer youth program attended annually by
500 students, contributing fresh produce to area food banks
and selling produce to more than 120 families through a CSA.
Originally a freelance photographer, Woody continues to work
with his fine art - now mostly produced in response to his work
at Red Wiggler - which you can see here. [http://www.woodywoodroof.com/]
||Gordon Clark is the founder and Project Director of
Montgomery Victory Gardens. A lifelong activist and organizer,
Gordon served as the national Executive Director of Peace Action,
the nation's largest grassroots peace and disarmament organization,
from 1996 to 2001, followed by three years as the national Field
Director for the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen,
and then Project Coordinator for the Chesapeake Climate Action
Network in 2007. He ran for Congress in 2008 to help bring attention
to the issue of global warming. Gordon is a frequent public
speaker and writer, including a regular column for the Voice
newspaper. He gardens feverishly in two community gardens, and
lives in Silver Spring with his wife Emily and their two cats,
Domino and Snoop.