Our Staff

Sarah Marshall

Gardens Project Manager

Sarah’s love for sustainable foods stems from a lifetime of gardening in the Great Lake State of Michigan. Her love for food and community engagement has driven her across the globe from the Golden Temple community kitchen in Amritsar, India to vineyards in Colchagua Valley, Chile and most recently to a sustainable development conservation in the Peruvian rainforest. As a graduate of the University of Michigan in Global Health and Sustainable Food Systems, she is excited to put her knowledge into action in growing access to fresh, real food throughout Mendocino and Lake Counties.

Lucy Truluck Kramer

Gardens Project Coordinator


Lucy’s passion for supporting sovereign food systems has brought her to Mendocino County on Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, CA. Here she has found a small community devoted to self-sufficiency that inspires her to model the sustainable lifestyle she hopes will become commonplace. Lucy has a degree in Environmental Studies from University of the Pacific. Since graduating, Lucy worked briefly as an Environmental Justice Educator for The Beehive Design Collective before spending a summer as a Naturalist with Camp Mendocino. She has just completed a year-long apprenticeship with Ecology Action learning the Grow Biointensive® Agricultural Method. Lucy is thrilled to be working for the Gardens Project and looks forward to being part of a team that empowers so many people to grow their own healthy food locally.

Michelle Hablitzel

AmeriCorps VISTA Member


Michelle’s interest in food justice was inspired by her Geography and Globalization Studies coursework at The Ohio State University where she learned to ask how people and the environment are affected by political and economic processes as they play out across space, place, and time. Her first experiences with community-based agriculture started with the Columbus Growing Collective, a small urban farm, where she assisted in coordinating programming for volunteers with traumatic brain injury and got her hands in the dirt through their community farmer summer internship. Michelle’s love of adventure, language, and the great outdoors took her to South America where she volunteered at various conventional and organic farms, agroforestry projects, permaculture sites, NGOs, and personal gardens. Michelle is looking forward to the chance to transform community spaces and facilitate local access to healthy food and gardening opportunities.

Maddi Cheek

AmeriCorps VISTA Member


Maddi started growing food in her family garden in Kentucky, and hasn’t stopped since. She has taken her food curiosity with her to a community garden in the Chicago suburbs, migrant worker camps in central Iowa, and indigenous potato farms in the Peruvian Andes. Along the way she has strived to learn as much as she can about food systems and their potential to positively impact communities, the environment, and peoples’ wellbeing. Maddi studied Anthropology and Sociology at Drake University, which deepened her appreciation for food as a cultural, social, and political cornerstone. She is excited to continue her journey in Lake and Mendocino counties, where she hopes to share her enthusiasm for the power of collective action. You can usually catch her petting a dog, baking bread, or fermenting things!

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