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 four 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 Directors for Boy Scouts of San Diego and Imperial Counties, served on the Board of North County Philanthropy Council for nearly ten years, and is an active volunteer in the community.Close
Rebecca Joy Fletcher
Rebecca Joy Fletcher inaugurates the Director of Jewish Life position at the Farm. She is responsible for deepening and multiplying the Farm's earth-based Judaism programs, teachings, and rituals in an open-hearted, inquisitive, and inclusive way… Read More
Rebecca Fletcher, Director of Jewish Life
Rebecca Joy Fletcher inaugurates the Director of Jewish Life position at the Farm. She is responsible for deepening and multiplying the Farm's earth-based Judaism programs, teachings, and rituals in an open-hearted, inquisitive, and inclusive way.
Rebecca -- an ordained synagogue cantor, professional actor, and climate activist -- started her career as cantor/educator at a NYC synagogue and as a creator and performer of original works of Jewish theater. With her show Cities of Light she had the good fortune to perform and teach around the world. After moving to Chicago, she stepped into the new position of Director of Experiential Jewish Education at The ARK, while working as an actor on multiple city stages. In time, Rebecca began working with Climate Change Theater Action and became a certified climate coach. She founded The Fletcher Studio to coach and train individuals as well as organizations in embodied leadership & climate communications. Her passion for Judaism, creative expression and playfulness, climate and food justice, and embodied learning are at the root of every challenge she takes on. Rebecca and her husband Alan are thrilled to now live in North County, to be connected to the Farm, and to be much nearer to their families in LA.
Adam is the Director of Farm Production and Distribution 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.
Christine Spencer is the Director of Grants and Impact at Coastal Roots Farm. She brings more than 15 years of experience… Read More
Christine Spencer, Director of Grants and Impact
Christine Spencer is the Director of Grants and Impact at Coastal Roots Farm. She brings more than 15 years of experience working in the fundraising area of nonprofits and most recently was the Director of Development at an animal welfare organization. Christine grew up in North San Diego County and has a love for helping everyone gain access to healthy food. She enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, and traveling worldwide with her husband and two boys.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration, specializing in Health Policy. She currently serves on the board for the San Diego Grants Professional Association and the Old Escondido Historic District.
Kesha Dorsey Spoor
Kesha Dorsey Spoor is Coastal Roots Farm’s Director of Philanthropy, Communications, and Impact Strategy, supporting the…. Read More
Kesha Dorsey Spoor, Director of Philanthropy, Communications, and Impact Strategy
Kesha Dorsey Spoor is Coastal Roots Farm’s Director of Philanthropy, Communications, and Impact Strategy, supporting the Farm’s development and donor stewardship, leading the Farm’s communication strategy, and overseeing all programs and impact 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.
Kimberly currently serves as the Director of Education for Coastal Roots Farm… Read More
Kimberly Tomlinson, Director of Education
Kimberly currently serves as the Director of Education at 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
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.
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.
Jamie is a Production Coordinator supporting all aspects of crop production… Read More
Jamie Balesteri, Farm Production Coordinator
Jamie is a Production Coordinator supporting all aspects of crop production with specific responsibilities related to our propagation house and care of our chicken flocks. 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.
Kevin is a Production Coordinator supporting all aspects of crop production… Read More
Kevin Beall, Farm Production Coordinator
Kevin is a Production Coordinator supporting all aspects of crop production with specific responsibilities related to our IPM program and harvest coordination.
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!"
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
Anthony is the Farm's Community Farmer where he is responsible for supporting... Read More
Anthony Moore, Community Farmer
Anthony is the Farm's Community Farmer where he is responsible for supporting crop production, assisting in care and maintenance of chicken flock, and support all departments as needed.
Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Anthony worked for Go Green and did seeding, greenhouse walkabouts, propagation, harvest, and production support. In his downtime, you can find Anthony in his home garden planting planting more food and flowers for his family or on one of the many great trails in San Diego fellowshipping with the land along with all of the beautiful native plants and animals.
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!
Mariah is the Farm's Farm Stand Associate where she is responsible for… Read More
Mariah Reinke, Farm Stand Associate
Mariah Reinke is the Farm’s Farm-stand Associate where she is responsible for helping operate the farm’s pay-what-you-can Farm Stand while creating connections with the community. Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Mariah worked as an outdoor educator for young children and as a server for a traveling farm-to-table catering team. Mariah is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to spend her time hiking, traveling, and is always exploring. Mariah recently moved to California from the east coast and is enjoying learning about native plants & the southern California culture.
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!
EDUCATION & COMMUNICATIONS
Jess Arroyo is the Farm's Marketing and Events Manager where she is responsible for connecting the Farm and community… Read More
Jess Arroyo, Marketing and Events Manager
Jess Arroyo is the Farm’s Marketing and Events Manager where she is responsible for connecting the Farm and community through digital communications, marketing, events and outreach, while supporting the Education and Philanthropy departments.
Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Jess lived in Thailand, Morocco and New Zealand where she worked with startups to help build brand identity through digital marketing. Her education in psychology helped shape her passion for connecting communities and curating experiences for individuals of all interests and backgrounds. In her free time, Jess enjoys expanding and tending to her at-home garden along with, hiking, camping and practicing yoga.
Megan is Coastal Roots Farm’s Education Manager of School and Volunteer Programs where she oversees the Farm’s School and Group… Read More
Megan Freeman, Education Manager, School and Volunteer Programs
Megan is Coastal Roots Farm’s Education Manager of School and Volunteer Programs 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 Camp and Community Programs 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.
Sharone Oren is Coastal Roots Farm’s Education Manager of Camp and Community Programs where she is responsible for the planning and implementation of Jewish and agricultural… Read More
Valerie is the Farm’s Outdoor Educator and School/Group Visit Coordinator where she supports the Education Team with Farm Camps... Read More
Valerie Chouhan, Outdoor Educator and School/Group Visit Coordinator
Valerie is the Farm’s Outdoor Educator and School/Group Visit Coordinator where she supports the Education Team with Farm Camps, Farm Tours, and school programs.
Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Valerie worked for I Love A Clean San Diego on the community education team, creating and leading webinars and workshops. She has also led summer camps in Berkeley with Kids for the Bay and worked with the afterschool program at the JCC East Bay. Valerie graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Conservation Resource Studies. Outside of work, Valerie can be found crocheting, trying new recipes, and exploring San Diego with family and friends.
Christina is an Outdoor Educator and Volunteer Coordinator assisting with camps, programming, and events… Read More
Christina Cranwell, Outdoor Educator and Volunteer Coordinator
Christina is an Outdoor Educator and Volunteer Coordinator assisting with 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.
Lara is the Farm's Outdoor Educator where she is responsible for supporting the Education Department in... Read More
Lara Lenta, Outdoor Educator
Lara is the Farm's Outdoor Educator where she is responsible for supporting the Education Department in facilitating activities that immerse farmers-in-training in the great outdoors.Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Lara worked for Hoover high School and did teaching in Special Education. Lara enjoys making art with oil pastels and paint. She also enjoys gardening, hanging out with her chickens, cat, family and friends. She likes to learn about particle physics and other sciences for fun!
Jami supports the education department with Farm Camp, field trips, volunteer days, events and occasional build projects… Read More
Jamie Macleod, Outdoor Educator
Jami supports the education department with Farm Camp, field trips, volunteer days, events and occasional build projects. The farm is a wonderful balance to her life on the ice where she has been teaching figure skating for many years. Jami's passion for getting her hands in the dirt came from helping out on her grandparent's lavender farm and she is hoping to create a similar space to nourish the mind, body and spirit one day.
Nora is the Farm’s Outdoor Educator where she supports the Education Team with Farm Camps... Read More
Nora Mitchell, Outdoor Educator
Nora is the Farm’s Outdoor Educator where she supports the Education Team with Farm Camps, Farm Tours, and school programs.
Nora enjoys teaching all aspects of growing, preparing, preserving, and appreciating food. As a “foodie", loves to cook and dissect flavors, she’s passionate about diverse foodways, food system equity, and responsible environmental practices. Nora is a veteran organic farmer and prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, ran a luxury resort’s culinary garden program. As a Master Gardener, she has taught kids in school gardens. She’s also a certified sommelier, longtime hospitality pro, and wine writer. Nora grew up in Encinitas. She’s interested in psychology and human behavior, loves traveling, the ocean, baseball, dogs, and music. In her free time, she likes to rock out.
Kim is the Farm’s Outdoor Educator where she supports the Education Team with Farm Camps... Read More
Kim O'Donnell-Boyd, Outdoor Educator
Kim is the Farm’s Outdoor Educator where she supports the Education Team with Farm Camps, Farm Tours, and school programs.
Claude is the Farm's Outdoor Educator where he is responsible for ensuring students have a safe and enjoyable experience at Coastal Roots Farm.… Read More
Claude Pate, Outdoor Educator
Claude is the Farm's Outdoor Educator where he is responsible for ensuring students have a safe and enjoyable experience at Coastal Roots Farm.Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Claude worked for Trader Joes and performed all necessary tasks to provide optimal grocery store experience for Trader Joe's customers. In his free time, Claude likes to skateboard and play the drums, often exploring new music. He enjoys walking around farmers markets to be around fresh people and veggies.
Daniel Schwartz is the Farm’s Outdoor Educator where he is responsible for making sure students have the best time of their life and tell the world about Coastal Roots Farm.… Read More
Daniel Schwartz, Outdoor Educator
Daniel Schwartz is the Farm’s Outdoor Educator where he is responsible for making sure students have the best time of their life and tell the world about Coastal Roots Farm.Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Daniel worked for a variety of school programs. His work with kids and agriculture began at Cal Poly while working as part of the Organic Farm elementary school education program. He then went and worked in England for a few years at an after-school youth soccer program. When not outdoors loving nature, he enjoys being creative whether it is making crotchet beanies, designing shirts or making art.
SUPPORT & ADMINISTRATION
Estee is the Farm's Visitor Experience Associate where she is responsible for creating a safe space... Read More
Estee Bartell, Visitor Experience Associate
Estee is the Farm's Visitor Experience Associate where she is responsible for creating a safe space and assisting the education team with community programs.Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Estee worked in sales for Yoga Six. When she is not on the Farm, you'll probably find her in yoga class, cooking healthy organic meals or hanging with her dog Louis.
Louis is the Farm's Visitor Experience Associate where he is responsible for creating a safe space... Read More
Louis Eisenberg, Visitor Experience Associate
Louis is the Farm's Visitor Experience Associate where he is responsible for creating a safe space and assisting the education team with community programs.
Dominique is Coastal Roots Farm’s Visitor Experience Associate, responsible for… Read More
Dominique Kirkendile, Visitor Experience Associate
Dominique is a Farm Visitor Experience Associate and she is responsible for creating a safe space and assisting the education team with community programs. Prior to join in coastal Roots Farm Dominique works for Rancho Coastal humane society Thrift Shop. Her favorite color is orange, her favorite vegetable is a brussel sprout, she went to Cal State San Marcos and she roller skates & downhill street luges for fun.
Adam is Coastal Roots Farm’s Visitor Experience Associate, responsible for… Read More
Adam Ryan, Visitor Experience Associate
Adam is Coastal Roots Farm’s Visitor Experience Associate, responsible for welcoming guests at special events. Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Adam worked for various publications as a writer and editor. Adam plays the piano and guitar, speaks French, and writes poetry.
Jenn is the Farm's Administrative Assistant where she is responsible for being the first point of contact for Farm inquiries… Read More
Jenn Webb, Administrative Assistant
Jenn Webb is the Farm’s Administrative Assistant where she is responsible for being the first point of contact for Farm inquiries and administrative support for multiple departments to provide friendly and clear communication.Prior to joining Coastal Roots Farm, Jenn worked for several non-profit organizations in North County San Diego in the Development arena. She also has volunteering on a lettuce farm and comes from a family owned produce business. When not working you will find her with her kids and dog at the beach or in the kitchen cooking.
Kai is the Farm’s Marketing and Events Intern who assists the Marketing and Events Manager with communications and on-site events.... Read More
Kai Guerrero, Marketing and Events Intern
Kai is the Farm’s Marketing and Events Intern who assists the Marketing and Events Manager with communications and on-site events.
Kai is currently a junior at Scripps Ranch High School. He enjoys water-based activities, yoga, and meditation. And is interested in majoring in biochemistry in college.