Staff and Board

 


Marla Greer

Education Director

Marla landed at Fairview Gardens after growing up and studying in Florida. It was in her 2nd year of college that she began volunteering at the community gardens on campus, from there she found her way into a leadership role of a student run organization, FARM- Food Activists Revolutionizing Meals. Paired with a degree in Environmental Science, she realized working with the land harmoniously with children was her true calling. Her time at Fairview has served as an absolutely pivotal life experience. She thrives at the intersection of regenerative agriculture and childhood education. She leads experiential learning programs for kids of all ages and digs her hands deep in the soil to cultivate nutritious food for the community.


Michael Ableman

Michael Ableman

Founding Director

Michael Ableman is a farmer and Founding Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture where he farmed from 1981-2001. He is the author and photographer of From the Good Earth (Abrams, 1993), On Good Land (Chronicle Books, 1998), and Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it. (Chronicle Books, 2005). Michael now farms on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia at Foxglove Farm.

Visit Michael at Fields of Plenty

Interview with Michael by Arnie Cooper


Board Members

  • Matt Buckmaster, President
  • Krista Harris, Vice President
  • Barry Tanowitz, Secretary
  • Jordan benShea
  • Dallas Chapman
  • Heidi Jones
  • Margo Smith

Advisory Board

  • Wendell Berry
  • Jeff Bridges
  • Yvon Chouinard
  • Wes Jackson
  • Anthony Rodale
  • Marshall Rose
  • Alice Waters

Supporters

  • Cox Communications
  • Wells Fargo
  • Montecito Bank & Trust
  • NHH & Co.
  • Mission Wealth
  • Innovative Workshop
  • Scoop
  • Refugio Ranch
  • SB Team Sports
  • Full of Life Flatbread
  • Yardi