Pie Ranch cultivates a healthy and just food system from seed to table through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships.
"The Whole Pie"
Jered Lawson, Co-Founder and Co-Director
Before co-founding Pie Ranch in 2003, Jered worked with various organizations in California that share a common goal of influencing the way people relate to themselves, each other and the land around them through the development of healthy, local and just food systems. Jered leads the organization's regional advocacy efforts, joins in farm operations, and works with the Board of Directors to raise the necessary support to fulfill the mission and infrastructure improvements of Pie Ranch. Jered lives on the farm with his partner Nancy and their children, Lucas & Rosa and loves to surf when time allows.
Nancy Vail, Co-Founder and Co-Director
Nancy is a broadly experienced sustainable food systems farmer, advocate, educator and leader. Previous to co-founding Pie Ranch in 2003, Nancy worked on a number of farms abroad and throughout the United States, eventually landing at UC Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) where she farmed and taught for over a decade. Nancy is passionate about linking justice with food and farming efforts, leads the organization in strategic planning and oversees educational programs and farm production. Nancy lives at Pie Ranch with Jered and their children, Rosa and Lucas. She also enjoys playing fiddle at the monthly barn dance with the band, The County Line Pickers.
Delma Soult, Director of Finance & Administration
Delma handles everything from budget creation & monitoring to financial reporting to the board, payroll, benefits and overall HR policies. A Business graduate from the University of Seville, Spain, and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology, Delma brings 16 years of finance and management experience to her work with Pie Ranch. Prior to joining Pie Ranch, she worked as a Controller in the high tech industry both in Amsterdam and the Bay Area. A mother of two and an artist in her free time, Delma feels very strongly about Pie Ranch’s mission and our pies!
Flor Revolorio, Farm Manager
Flor manages production and education, holds the CSA, and manages the farm animals. Flor is a Guatemalan born and raised in Chicago. Flor loves farming and the things that most inspire her and fuel her interests are soil, justice, and education. Flor is a city person at heart, but has loved living in small/rural communities for the past 5 years. Flor spends a lot of time reading, reading about authors that she likes, and listening to talks by writers she likes. Her dream is to have an entire wall filled with books and be able to pick out a good read for any given individual. Specifically, Flor loves listening to Junot Diaz, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin and the list goes on! She does not need music to dance, she constantly has rhythm in her heart.
Jane Arny, Accountant and Administrator
Jane takes care of day-to-day bookkeeping in addition to being involved in wedding and event site-management as well as Pie Ranch barn dances. She loves baking and eating pies, getting her hands in the dirt, and meeting some of the wonderful folks that are drawn to spend time at Pie Ranch. Jane experienced the benefits of a youth-empowering farm education as a teenager living in Weston, Massachusetts where she volunteered at "Green Power Farm", a community funded program where local youth learned to run a volunteer program which grew vegetables for Boston's inner city food programs. She later homesteaded in the Interior of BC, spent several seasons in Yakima Wa. harvesting apples, and worked in forestry in Oregon. Jane worked for many years in bookkeeping, office management, and tax prep for small business and non-profits, then raised 5 children while helping her husband manage his herb tea and specialty food businesses. Concurrently, she attended community college part-time and finally finished her BS in cell biology at University of Virginia in 2003. She loves playing with her 3 yr old granddaughter as well as hiking the hills and beaches of Santa Cruz. She is actively involved in Buddhist practice at SC Zen Center.
Kwayera Wilson, Youth Programs Manager
Kwayera Wilson is a native Southern Californian with eclectic interests and farming aspirations. After graduating from San Diego State University she got involved in the local food system and has been growing ever since. She deepened her practice by building with Wild Willow Farm School, becoming a Master Composter and networking with other food advocates. Most recently she's participated in the transformation of an empty lot into a community gathering and gardening space with local art and development organizations. Her work continues to orbit around social justice, ecology, self-determination, and sustainability. She has a special interest in exotic fruits, storytelling, and photography.
Mona Urbina, Pescadero Youth Development and Garden Manager
Mona is an environmental horticulturist leading the organic garden program at Pescadero Elementary School. She is also leading culinary art classes for FoodLab, a cooking class at the Pescadero High School, and is a consultant for the San Mateo Environmental Learning Collaborative. In culinary classes she teached students the importance of supporting a movement of healthy organic food in their community. Mona Studied in the Environmental Horticulture program at City College of San Francisco, Collene of San Mateo, and University of California, Berkeley. While studying, she taught an introductory class in organic urban gardening, open to students and community members. The garden her students grew included California natives, edible annuals and perennials, and culinary and medicinal herbs. Later her love of teaching led her to begin a bee garden at the Pacifica 4H. Mona finds it important to have an understanding of the traditional and cultural values of each community she works with. She takes a culturally relevant approach to the lessons she delivers and hopes to engage young students. Mona lives in Pacifica with her husband Eric, their children Daisy and Grodon, and their dog Mr. Lampy Pants. She volunteers to help teach music and drama at her children's school. Her other interests include crafts, dancing, hiking, and playing on the beach.
Sira Anderson, Grants Writer & Manager
Sira Anderson connects nonprofits with the funds to feed their missions, and has worked with more than 15 organizations in ten years. She brings to Pie Ranch her extensive experience in grant writing, individual and major donor fundraising, databases, direct mail appeals and special events. Since 2008, Sira has been Pie Ranch's grant writer, and has helped manager the donor database and fundraising appeals. She loved helping Pie Ranch inspire youth and adults to connect to the source of their food, and helping funders fall in love with Pie Ranch! Sira lives in Oakland and her favorite things are a good meal with friends, football Sundays with her boyfriend, visiting family in Minnesota, reading advice columns, and hanging out at home with her two cats.
Tamar Ingber, Farmstand Manager
Tamar Ingber is our Farmstand manager. She combines her love of food, farming, and design to our Farmstand each day. Tamar grew up in the heart of it all, Ohio. She studied experiential graphic design in Philadelphia, followed her tastebuds to live and work in Israel, and eventually found farming in California to meet all her needs. Her work at Pie Ranch has cultivated her passion to inspire a healthy, nutritionally rich world through sharing recipes, engaging with visitors, and making mountains of produce at the roadside barn. When not at Pie, you can find her on a beach walk.
Simone Albuquerque, Events & Programs Manager
Simone manages communications, event planning, social media, and empowering the office's general functioning and flow. She previously worked as an internship coordinator at University of California, Santa Cruz, and as a student garden coordinator. Having just received her Bachelors of science in Ecology and Evolution, Pie Ranch is a beautiful synthesis of her professional experience and ecological curiosities. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA and enijoys jumping in the ocean and watching gardens grow.
Aubrey Mailliard Rawlins, Development Manager
Aubrey is responsible for fostering relationships at Pie Ranch - from established partners in fundraising to new and curious donors, from national institutions to small family foundations, and everyone in between. He comes from two worlds: a San Francisco native with deep family roots in cattle and timber ranching in Anderson Valley. After spending ten years in New York City in fine arts and high technology, he moved to Mendocino County to represent the agricultural community there as Director of their advocacy association where he reconnected with the magic and significance of vital agricultural communities. He's humbled to be part of the Pie Ranch team, and to have the opportunity to support each of the programs throughout the Ranch with creative and meaningful fundraising support.
Sarah Bell is Program Manager for The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation, and directs the Foundation’s program in ecological agriculture and regional food systems. She is active in several organizations, including Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders and Environmental Grantmakers Association. She holds a B.A. in both English Literature and French from the University of Colorado. An enthusiastic supporter of permaculture and former student at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, Sarah lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.
Angie Chen is director of the Blue Sky Funders Forum, a network that inspires, deepens, and expands philanthropy to advance opportunities that connect people and nature and promote environmental literacy. Prior to this role, she was an advisor to the Pisces Foundation. Angie previously managed a crosscutting environmental literacy program at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and oversaw grantmaking to connect California's youth with the outdoors at the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council. She also worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she developed strategic initiatives to advance summer learning and children’s health coverage. From 2012 to 2015, she was appointed by Administrators Lisa Jackson and Gina McCarthy to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Education Advisory Council. Angie is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.
Charlie Casey is the President of Pacific Foundation Services, a firm that provides administrative and programmatic support to private grantmaking foundations. Since joining the family business in 2003, Charlie has overseen the firm’s continued growth and commitment to a personalized approach to philanthropy. Charlie works as a program officer for several client foundations, with particular interests in youth development, affordable housing, and sustainable agriculture. In addition to sitting on the board of Pie Ranch, he is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Chile California Council and is a past board president for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC). Previously, Charlie worked in international transactions for a multi-national accounting firm in Chile. He has a BA in English from Georgetown University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. A native San Franciscan, Charlie lives in the city with his wife and three daughters and can often be found at AT&T Park cheering on his beloved Giants.
Jeff Haas’ career has focused on two passions: the automotive world and technology. He worked for the Porsche factory (Porsche AG) as Region Manager of Northern California. Transitioning from the automotive field, Jeff started a consulting business in Silicon Valley specializing in marketing and business development in the microelectronics sector of the high-tech industry for over a decade. Prior to joining the Pie Ranch Board in 2010, Jeff volunteered at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in the role of Chief Financial Officer of the board. Jeff’s, and his wife Kate’s children are all graduates of the Waldorf school system, attending in Los Altos and San Francisco, grades Kindergarten through twelve. New to farming in 2011, Jeff and Kate started farming their property in Loma Mar, California. Echo Valley Farm provides produce, eggs, fruit, and poultry to the local economy of Loma Mar where the family farm is located. The farm was integral in the the formation of the two local farmer’s markets, in Pescadero and La Honda. Jeff is a passionate community member and is committed to the local economy and healthy food access on the South Coast for all.
Stefano DeZerega is a realtor with Zephyr Real Estate specializing in residential sales in San Francisco. Stefano brings wide-ranging professional experience and extensive community involvement to his work in real estate as well as his role as a board member at Pie Ranch. His past professional experiences have included: teaching social studies at a public high school, directing a national non-profit organization, guiding the formation of charitable foundations, performing as a professional musician, and researching and writing a book on international volunteerism. Stefano, a graduate of the Community Studies program at UCSC and the Stanford Teacher Education Program, resides with his two sons and wife in San Francisco.
Margaret MacNiven: Together with her husband, Margaret has owned and operated Buck’s Restaurant in Woodside since 1991. She has served on the boards of the Friends of the Woodside Library, as well as the Committee for Green Foothills, an environmental non-profit organization that advocates for open space protection in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. She is a co-founder of the Woodside School garden, and currently a mentor in the Green Academy Program at Woodside High School. She has lived on 40 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains for 35 years, and has a huge appreciation for the importance of supporting agriculture and farming as a means of preserving open spaces.
Joy Moore played a key role in community efforts to reform school lunch in the Berkeley Unified School District, co-founded Farm Fresh Choice, and is a member of the Berkeley Food Policy Council. She has lived and worked in Berkeley since 1969 having migrated from New York city. Retired from the City of Berkeley Chronic Disease Prevention Program in 2007, she attended UC Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Joy currently teaches a garden based nutrition program to high school students and their families in the Berkeley Unified School District. She has served on many non-profit boards and councils, including the Ecology Center, Women of Color Resource Center, Berkeley Food Policy Council, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates and the local station board of KPFA/Pacifica Radio. Joy strives to provide access for low resource communities to be able to grow and eat organically.
Rick Flores is a graduate student in the Environmental Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz. His research focuses on the efforts of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band (AMTB) to relearn traditional ecological knowledge and become active stewards in their traditional territory once again after a period of colonial dispossession. He is also the Steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, which is a collaborative effort between the Arboretum and the AMTB to assist the tribe in the relearning of plant identification, ethnobotany, and traditional resource and environmental management practices, as well as educating students and the public about California Indian lifeways. In addition, he is a Research Associate for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust which uniquely merges conventional land trust approaches with indigenous knowledge, techniques, and ideals, and is committed to protecting and celebrating cultural resources through creating opportunities for the AMTB to engage in traditional ways across the landscapes of their ancestors.
Jochelle Viray has been working with HomeSlice at Pie Ranch since her sophomore year at Mission High School. Currently, Jochelle is a freshman student at San Francisco State and is majoring in Economics. Her experience in the HomeSlice program inspires her to be involved in food and social justice issues. Jochelle lives in San Francisco with her father and is interested in social networking.
Pie Ranch is supported by a diverse and talented group of contracted staff.
APPRENTICES 2016-2017 SEASON
This hard-working group is passionate about farming and social justice. The apprenticeship is a nine-month long program designed to expose the apprentices to sustainable food systems, organic farm management, marketing produce and product, animal husbandry and working with youth and the public. The apprentices participate in virtually every facet of Pie Ranch life from leading tours and work parties with the public, to site managing events to harvesting crops in the fields alongside permanent staff. They are a critical piece of the pie here on the farm!