A San Diego native, Kimberly comes with a richness and diversity of experience in business, teaching, and not-for-profit work. Kimberly has been identified as a trusted and dedicated leader, a nourishing communicator and a joy to be around. She loves traveling and tasting food from around the world and is happiest feeding the people she loves.
Garden Program Director
A San Diego County Master Gardener and passionate homecook, Karen brings her helpful attitude, impressive knowledge, and unabashed enthusiasm for all things growing (and rotting!) to the program. Former career in IT notwithstanding, Karen’s years of feeding a family of omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans at the same table offers a uniquely flexitarian experience to share.
MPH, RD, Training and Evaluation Manager, Nutrition Advisor
After discovering Sage Garden Project during research on her thesis about school garden sustainability for her Master of Public Health degree, Grace joined our team in 2019 and has helped our program in the next steps toward gathering data and collaborating with others in our field. As a Registered Dietitian, she loves getting to use her nutrition knowledge and experiences in different projects, like in the development of our Wild Wisdom Cooking Curriculum.
After 6 years teaching as a garden cooking instructor, I personally understand the profound importance and impact programs like ours have on students, families and the school itself. I had the honor of teaching a community affected by the immense hardship of homelessness; however, the struggles of my students were not that different from those of any young person. They were all hoping to go to school and feel safe, important and smart. Garden and cooking classes were able to provide just that. No matter where a student was academically, working in the garden or cooking with classmates provided a space where students felt successful and smart, both of which were so important to their view of school. The experiences students have in these classes helps them practice life long skills that not only will make it easier for them to nourish and care for themselves but feel confident navigating the world around them. I wholeheartedly believe that these programs can provide the joy, safety, connection and skills that our youth so deeply need. I am so honored that I have the opportunity to lead the team at Sage Garden Project as we diligently research and develop programs that will hopefully one day mean every child gets to experience the joy of gardening and cooking in school.