Javier Guerrero is the Farm’s President and CEO. Javier works with Coastal Roots Farm staff, board members, funders, partners, and volunteers … Read More
Javier Guerrero, President and CEO
Javier Guerrero is the Farm’s President and CEO. Javier works with Coastal Roots Farm staff, board members, funders, partners, and volunteers to advance the Farm’s impact initiatives of Equitable Food Access, Regenerative Agriculture, Environmental Education, and Jewish Life, welcoming people of all backgrounds.
Javier has worked in the San Diego nonprofit sector for over 20 years and brings extensive experience in nonprofit administration, organizational management, and resource development. Prior to joining the Farm three years ago, Javier served eight years as Executive Director of San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido, overseeing the Museum’s capital campaign, move to a new indoor/outdoor location, and expansion of exhibits and programming.
Javier currently serves on the Board of North County Philanthropy Council and is an active volunteer in the community.Close
Kesha Dorsey Spoor
Kesha Dorsey Spoor is Coastal Roots Farm’s Director of Philanthropy, Program Strategy, and Communication, supporting the…. Read More
Kesha Dorsey Spoor, Director of Philanthropy, Program Strategy, and Communications
Kesha Dorsey Spoor is Coastal Roots Farm’s Director of Philanthropy, Program Strategy, and Communication, supporting the Farm’s development and donor stewardship, leading the Farm’s communication strategy, and overseeing all programs and education initiatives.
Kesha has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than a decade. Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Kesha managed youth development programs to prevent gang violence and promote sexual and reproductive health at Vista Community Clinic and led civil rights and outreach efforts to reduce hate and secure justice at the Anti-Defamation League in San Diego.
Kesha is passionate about equity and sustainability, loves to travel, and strives to perform Jewish values of goodness and compassion in her personal and professional lives. She holds a BA in Sociocultural Anthropology and Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences.
Adam is the Director of Farm Production and is responsible for overseeing all areas of production, including our cropping fields, food forest, chickens, composting operation and facilities…Read More
Adam McCurdy, Director of Farm Production
Adam is the Director of Farm Production and is responsible for overseeing all areas of production, including crop fields, food forest, animals, and composting.
Adam is originally from the Pacific Northwest and leads our production as a skilled farmer and manager with over 20 years of agricultural experience. Adam has managed both nonprofit and for-profit farms ranging in scale from 5 to 100 acres. Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, he managed Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center where he oversaw the production of 30 acres of mixed vegetable crops and supplied product throughout the region to over 600 Community Supported Agriculture members, hunger relief organizations, local grocery stores and the regions finest restaurants. Adam also worked in close collaboration with agricultural researchers from area Universities and was passionately involved in studies related to minimizing tillage, cover cropping and nutrient management to optimize nitrogen levels and protect our watersheds in organic farming systems.
Both as a farmer and engaged citizen, Adam has long been a strong local food systems advocate and has been instrumental in increasing the supply of, nutrient dense, locally-grown produce to hunger relief agencies. Adam has committed a lifetime of study in agriculture, horticulture, forest stand management and team leadership in diverse formal and informal settings throughout the Pacific Northwest, New England and Southeast Asia.
Adam is dedicated to healthy organizations, healthy communities, sustainable land stewardship, and cultivating positive evolutions within our food and farming systems. In this spirit, Adam honors learning from our ancestors and integrating innovation for future generations and the health of our planet. When Adam isn’t in the field, he is enjoying time and celebrating life’s gifts with his family.
As the Director of Finance and Administration, Denise Naylor is responsible for all of the farms financial functions, as well as all administrative and human resources... Read More
Denise Naylor, Director of Finance and Administration
As the Director of Finance and Administration, Denise Naylor is responsible for all of the farms financial functions, as well as all administrative and human resources activities. Working closely with the executive director and leadership team to strengthen the farm as an organization, she also collaborates with and provides support to all departments, helping move forward the farm’s impact initiatives.
Denise brings to the farm over three decades of financial management and business leadership experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, her nonprofit work took her to the Sacramento Zoo in Northern California as the Finance and Administration Director, and Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, Utah where she was the Director of Operations.
Denise is a Master Gardener and feels blessed when she has opportunities to put her hands in the dirt and help in the fields now and again (one of her passions). Her favorite pastimes are gardening, hiking, travel, spending time with friends and family, and eating great food.
Sara is the Farm’s Director of Grants, Impact and Evaluation and is responsible for overseeing the Farm’s… Read More
Sara Telzer, Director of Grants, Impact, and Evaluation
Sara is the Farm’s Director of Grants, Impact and Evaluation and is responsible for overseeing the Farm’s grant fundraising strategy, the creation, implementation, and ongoing management of all organizational monitoring, evaluation, and reporting efforts, as well as overseeing the Farm’s Organic Food Distribution Program and Distribution team.
For more than a decade, Sara has worked in the fields of nonprofit, social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable agriculture. Prior to working at Coastal Roots Farm, she worked in conservation ranching for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, supported social entrepreneurs and change makers for Ashoka and the Grameen Foundation in Washington D.C., led corporate skills-based volunteer programs in India for companies including Google, and taught English to young kids living in townships in South Africa. Sara feels fortunate to bring multiple perspectives to her work and is passionate about social enterprise, food justice, sustainability, and equity. Sara holds a BA in Law and Society and a MA in Social Enterprise.
As the Farm’s Post-Harvest and Distribution Manager, Garth is responsible for overseeing the Farm’s Organic Food Distribution...Read More
Garth Denton-Borhaug, Post-Harvest and Distribution ManagerAs the Farm’s Post-Harvest and Distribution Manager, Garth is responsible for overseeing the Farm’s Organic Food Distribution Program. His work addresses and reduces food insecurity and ensures low-income, at-risk communities have equal and dignified access to locally grown, fresh, organic food, regardless of ability to pay. You are likely to find Garth on Sundays and Thursdays at our pay-what-you-can farm stand chatting about recipes with our regular customers. Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Garth served two years in the AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Project working with fellow Hive member organization ProduceGood. There he worked to coordinate and lead programs directly addressing food-waste and food-insecurity in San Diego County. To summarize, Garth is an all-around awesome guy who loves his job and enjoys good food and music.
Megan is Coastal Roots Farm’s Education Manager of School and Group Visits where she oversees the Farm’s School and Group… Read More
Megan Freeman, Education Manager of School and Group Visits
Megan is Coastal Roots Farm’s Education Manager of School and Group Visits where she oversees the Farm’s School and Group Visit program, Volunteer and Internship program, and the Education Farm and Gardens. In this role, she works with the Education Manager of Community Programs and Events to plan and implement Jewish and Farm educational programming with a specific focus in designing the long-term goals and curricula for the previously stated programs.
Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Megan worked for the nonprofit Pathways In Education where she led ethnically and socioeconomically diverse high school students in experiential learning programming to fulfill graduation requirements. She wrote curricula for and ran a program centered around sustainability, food justice, and leadership on a certified organic farm in Mendocino County.
Megan loves eating new foods while traveling and enjoys being outdoors- hiking, camping, and taking photos. She currently has the goals to travel to all of the US National Parks and learn to play guitar.
Ellie is Coastal Roots’ Farm Production Manager, where oversees the Farm’s Vegetable Production, laying hen flocks, compost operation, and Food Forest… Read More
Ellie Honan, Farm Production Manager
Ellie is Coastal Roots’ Farm Production Manager, where oversees the farm’s vegetable production, laying hen flocks, compost operation, and food forest, supervising a team of seven passionate farmers. In this role, she creates the annual crop plan and lines out weekly operations and harvest lists to bring the plan to fruition. Since joining the farm in 2015, Ellie has been committed to creating regenerative, efficient, safe farming systems and is continuing to formalize these practices in her current role through the development of standard operating procedures and a food safety plan.
Ellie began farming over a decade ago while travelling and working on farms in Kenya and Uganda. Since then she has worked with a number of farms and CSAs throughout the Midwest and has developed a passion for regenerative agriculture and the communities built around it. In addition to her time working on farms, Ellie completed a BA in Economics, Policy Studies, and Environmental Studies and spent 3 years working for and then managing a non-profit microfinance organization. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Women Food and Agriculture Network. Ellie loves surfing, hiking, herbalism and plant medicine, soil microbiology, and food preservation.
Sharone Oren is Coastal Roots Farm’s Education Manager where she is responsible for the planning and implementation of Jewish and agricultural… Read More
Kimberly currently serves as the Education Program Coordinator for Coastal Roots Farm… Read More
Kimberly Tomlinson, Education Program Coordinator
Kimberly currently serves as the Education Program Coordinator for Coastal Roots Farm. Prior to joining the Farm Team, Kimberly has worked in both formal and informal education settings. After graduating from University of Delaware, Kimberly moved to Washington DC and taught for several years in a traditional classroom setting. As a traditional educator, Kimberly served as an ELL teacher, reading interventionist as well as a kindergarten teacher.
Following a cross country move to Southern California, she transitioned into informal education. Kimberly worked for over 4 years in various education roles at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Kimberly is passionate about hands-on learning and integrating play and exploration into education.
Kimberly loves hiking, swimming, rock climbing and exploring San Diego County with her husband, daughter and two dogs.
PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION
Kevin is a Community Farmer supporting all aspects of crop production… Read More
Kevin Beall, Community Farmer
Kevin is a Community Farmer supporting all aspects of crop production.
Prior to joining Coastal Roots, Kevin graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Plant Sciences, concentrating in Fruit and Crop Sciences. He has worked in a variety of settings, from zoos to botanical gardens, learning as much as he could wherever he went. Kevin loves to camp and backpack, and would love recommendations for local trails and sites!"
Josh is the newest community farmer where he is responsible for supporting crop production and compost operations… Read More
Josh Raser, Temporary Community Farmer
Josh is the newest community farmer where he is responsible for supporting crop production and compost operations. Prior to joining Coastal Roots, Josh has worked the better part of a decade on farms in New England and New Orleans. He developed a passion for growing food while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the rural highlands of Ecuador. When he isn’t farming, he loves being a new Dad and trying to make the best crispy tofu recipe!
Bill Stallcup is a Community Farmer at Coastal Roots Farm, where has previously been involved as a volunteer with planting, irrigation, weeding… Read More
Bill Stallcup, Community Farmer
Bill Stallcup is a Community Farmer at Coastal Roots Farm, where has previously been involved as a volunteer with planting, irrigation, weeding, and harvesting of vegetables.
Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Bill has been a biochemist/cell biologist for the past 50 years, most recently at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute on Torrey Pines Mesa.
Bill lives in Leucadia a little ways north of the Farm, and maintains a fruit and vegetable garden in his yard. He hopes his home “farm” benefits from his experience at the real Farm.
Aaron Stewart is a Community Farmer where he is responsible for supporting the team in all facets of farm production... Read More
Aaron Stewart, Community Farmer
Aaron Stewart is a Community Farmer where he is responsible for supporting the team in all facets of farm production. He brings a specific focus for soil management and compost production.
Aaron is a returning alumni who worked for Coastal Roots Farm from 2016-2018. His prior focus before joining Coastal Roots Farm was being a father to five boys, which he believes is his greatest accomplishment. He has ran his own manufacturing business for 20 years and for the past 10 years has crossed over into the Horticultural industry.
Aaron was born and raised in Encinitas and loves his hometown. Surfing and southern California life is truly in his blood and he is excited to bring the spirit of coastal life to the Farm.
Scott Thompson is the Farm’s Community Farmer where he is responsible for cultivating and maintaining the farm production areas… Read More
Scott Thompson, Community Farmer
Scott Thompson is the Farm’s Community Farmer where he is responsible for cultivating and maintaining the farm production areas. Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Scott worked on a small, off-grid farm on the island of Hawai’i and engaged in regenerative agriculture education and community-building programs. Scott loves dogs, fungus, fermentation, and insects. When not growing or making delicious things, he reads voraciously and travels for Phish concerts.
Jamie is a Community Farmer supporting all aspects of farm production… Read More
Jamie Balesteri, Community Farmer
Jamie is a Community Farmer supporting all aspects of farm production. Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, she managed an organic food and juice store in Solana Beach. While earning a degree in Food and Nutrition Management from Arizona State University, she worked at farmers markets in Phoenix, Arizona and spent 3 months working on a sustainable farm in the Tuscany region of Italy.
She recently completed a Permaculture Design Certification and is passionate about healing people and the planet through good food, community, and regenerative growing practices. When her hands aren’t in the dirt, you can find her camping, hiking, reading, doing yoga, or experimenting in the kitchen.
Virginia is a Community Farmer supporting all aspects of farm production… Read More
Virginia Fall, Community Farmer
Virginia is a Community Farmer supporting all aspects of farm production. After completing her Masters in Landscape Architecture in North Carolina, Virginia worked for several years as a Landscape Designer. Before graduate school, Virginia worked in nonprofit field for the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association where she developed appreciation for mission-focused work with a shared purpose.
Prior to nonprofit work, Virginia served in the Peace Corps in Botswana, Africa where she worked on HIV/AIDS development work in addition to small-scale permaculture farming practice. These combined experiences have brought her to Coastal Roots where she hopes to get her hands dirty, and learn more of organic farming practices and landscape maintenance. This Louisiana girl loves living and exploring in Southern California with her husband, dog (Zoe), and cat (Maybe).
Julia is the Farm’s Post-Harvest and Distribution Assistant, where she is responsible for … Read More
Julia Meyer, Post-Harvest and Distribution Assistant
Julia is the Farm’s Post-Harvest and Distribution Assistant, where she is responsible for supporting post-harvest tasks on the farm as well as fostering strong relationships with the community through our harvest distribution.
Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Julia worked for University of Washington Student Food Pantry where she coordinated gleaning efforts around campus to minimize food waste and completed harvest work on the farm to bring fresh produce to the pantry. When not working, Julia can be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes, at the farmers market soaking in the sun, or scoping out the next live music scene to attend
Emma is Coastal Roots Farm’s Farm Stand Associate, responsible for… Read More
Emma Tuttleman-Kriegler, Farm Stand Associate
Emma is Coastal Roots Farm’s Farm Stand Associate, responsible for helping operate our on-site pay-what you can Farm Stand and serving our community through dignified, fair access to fresh, organic food regardless of ability to pay.
Prior to Joining Coastal Roots Farm, Emma worked for Isabella Freeman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Connecticut as an Environmental Educator. She has volunteered at Brooklyn Botanic Garden as a Docent and worked as an Herbalist at Radicle Herb Shop in Brooklyn, New York.
Emma believes that food, nature, and community are our best healers. She is excited to be a part of nourishing community at Coastal Roots Farm!
Macey is the Farm's Farm Stand Associate where she is responsible for… Read More
Macey Bishop, Farm Stand Associate
Macey is the Farm's Farm Stand Associate where she is responsible for helping operate our on-site pay-what-you-can Farm Stand. Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Macey worked in specialty coffee and did gender equity research at University of Portland. She loves backpacking, painting, reading, and cooking food from her backyard garden. Macey is always open to trail, music, and podcast recommendations!
EDUCATION & COMMUNICATIONS
Allie Mandel is Coastal Roots Farm's Marketing and Outreach Associate, , connecting the Farm … Read More
Allie Mandel, Marketing and Communications Associate
Allie Mandel is Coastal Roots Farm's Marketing and Outreach Associate, connecting the Farm to the community through digital communications, marketing, and outreach, while also supporting the Philanthropy and Education departments.
Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Allie studied Literature and Agriculture at UC Santa Cruz. She has been involved with local food systems for three years working for a biodynamic winery, an organic cafe, and a farm produce stand. She is passionate about uplifting and supporting the community through local food systems, and believes that eating, growing, and sharing food is the best way to understand and learn from one another.
Christina is an Assistant Farm Educator assisting with Farm Camps, programming, and events. … Read More
Christina Cranwell, Assistant Farm Educator
Christina is an Assistant Farm Educator assisting with Farm Camps, programming, and events. Prior to joining the team at Coastal Roots, Christina farmed for several years in New York, Florida, and Tennessee. She also participated in multiple outdoor and nature outreach programs, where she developed interest in wild foraging and entomology. When not on the farm, you can find Christina in the mountains backpacking, or in the kitchen developing her next great culinary creation.
Ashly first joined us on the farm in 2017 to collaborate on a series of Jewish educational programs for… Read More
Ashly Tamayo, Farm Educator
Ashly first joined us on the farm in 2017 to collaborate on a series of Jewish educational programs for preschool children and their families called Mitzvot on the Farm. She has been a preschool teacher and garden educator at San Diego Hebrew Day School for the past 6 years. Her role as an assistant farm educator allows her to combine the passion she has for Jewish education with her enthusiasm for helping children develop an appreciation for the natural world.
Ashly served in the United States Navy from 2002-2005, which is what brought her from Texas to San Diego 17 years ago. She is a proud Navy spouse to her husband who currently serves on active duty. As a busy mom of 3 very active teenagers, Ashly enjoys spending time with her family, their pets and exploring the great outdoors.
Joleyne is a Farm Educator supporting the Education Department with programs and events… Read More
Joleyne Lambert, Farm Educator
Joleyne is an Farm Educator supporting the Education Department with programs and events.
Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Joleyne studied regenerative agriculture at various farms through out California and Central America. While in college, she pursued Environmental Journalism which introduced her to Environmental Racism, Food Justice and Regenerative Agriculture. She believes all social and environmental issues are interconnected, and the path to solving these issues is healing together as one. Her goal is to educate and inspire others to get their hands in the soil, reconnect with nature and their food!
Hannah is an On-Call Farm Educator where she supports the Education Team with designing curriculum and facilitating… Read More
Hannah Gruen, On-Call Farm Educator
Hannah is an On-Call Farm Educator where she supports the Education Team with designing curriculum and facilitating school field trips. She assists with volunteer groups and other events held at the Farm.
Alongside her work here at the Farm, Hannah is an Assistant Marine Biologist for the City of San Diego where she develops outreach material to connect the public with sustainability initiatives. Prior to these positions, she was an outdoor educator for the Environmental Leadership Program in Oregon, where she developed curriculum and facilitated hands-on and ecology-based middle school field trips to the Willamette Forest. While pursuing her B.S. in environmental studies, she learned farming techniques on an Urban Farm for four years with the goal of providing fresh organic produce for students at the University of Oregon.
Hannah loves traveling, scuba diving, hiking, camping, educating, and meeting other passionate and innovative people.
Rowan is an On-Call Farm Educator where she supports the education department with… Read More
Rowan Jackman, On-Call Farm Educator
Rowan is an On-Call Farm Educator where she supports the education department with Farm Camp, programs, and events.
Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Rowan worked for The Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon as the Athletic Engagement Fitness and Wellness Lead. She managed the planning and promotion of athletic events, summer camps, and classes for the Club. Prior to these positions she lived and worked in Australia for a year.
Rowan graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Global Studies with a concentration in Law and Human Rights and Spanish. During her time at the University she worked on the school’s Urban Farm where she learned the ins and outs of organic farming. Rowan loves swimming, traveling, going to concerts, educating kids and building relationships with others.
Tomer is an On-Call Farm Educator where he supports the education department with Farm Camp, programs, and events… Read More
Tomer Zekzer, On-Call Farm Educator
Tomer is an On-Call Farm Educator where he supports the education department with Farm Camp, programs, and events.
Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Tomer worked for various farms in San Diego, Hawaii, and the Philippines, farming, juicing, and making homemade garden inputs. He has been practicing natural farming by fermenting local ingredients to make plant food. In his free time, Tomer enjoys learning about new farming techniques, making art, surfing, and planting seeds. He believes that gardening is a tool for humans to connect with nature and themselves in a way that can support a healthy environment for future generations to thrive.
Liberty is an On-Call Farm Educator where she is responsible for educating youth while they attend Farm Camp… Read More
Liberty Tamayo, On-Call Farm Educator
Liberty is an On-Call Farm Educator where she is responsible for educating youth while they attend Farm Camp. Liberty is a former volunteer with Coastal Roots Farm and has experience working with horses. She is a senior at Canyon Hills High School and enjoys painting, taking care of pets, and riding horses.
Kyle is a Farm Intern where he supports the Farm’s mission through mutually beneficial volunteer work… Read More
Kyle Christensen, Farm Intern
Kyle is a Farm Intern where he supports the Farm’s mission through mutually beneficial volunteer work. Before moving back to San Diego, he studied food systems at Montana State University. Kyle works as a project coordinator for the Berry Good Food Foundation and likes working on his antique Honda motorcycle.
Lara is a Farm Intern where he supports the Farm’s mission through mutually beneficial volunteer work… Read More
Lara Lenta, Farm Intern
Lara is a Farm Intern where she supports the Farm’s mission through mutually beneficial volunteer work. In addition to interning at Coastal Roots Farm, Lara is a professional artist and has experience teaching with special education. She has a BA in Art Education and raises chickens at home. She is also new to San Diego and is looking forward to exploring the area.
Alex is a Farm Intern where she supports the Farm's mission through mutually beneficial volunteer work… Read More
Alex Trimm, Farm Intern
Alex is a Farm Intern where she supports the Farm's mission through mutually beneficial volunteer work. Her previous work experiences centered around building and connecting communities in Boston, where she recently moved back from to spend time with family in San Diego.
Through this internship, she is excited to learn more about how sustainable agriculture and land knowledge can combat food insecurity and connect communities through food. She is an avid gardener at home and loves to spend her time rock climbing, hiking, and reading.
Zoe is a Farm Intern where he supports the Farm’s mission through mutually beneficial volunteer work… Read More
Zoe Prescott, Farm Intern
Zoe is a Farm Intern where she supports the Farm’s mission through mutually beneficial volunteer work. In addition to interning at Coastal Roots farm, Zoe is a petting zoo farmhand and helps out at a local horse barn. .