Who We Are
Matt grew up in Lake County, and has worked as a professional chef in some of Cleveland’s finest restaurants for the last ten years. His passion for food - and proximity to our food system - has cultivated his interest in permaculture; he will obtain his Permaculture Design Certification this fall. Matt loves to share his interests, especially with kids, and he looks forward to learning from the students at the farm this year as well. In his free time, Matt loves gardening, building and making things, and occasionally sailing and fishing.
Zoe, having grown up in Russel Township, a neighbor to Chagrin Falls, returned home in December of 2015 after spending three years on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. It was there that she further developed her interest in food as medicine and in working with children in a garden setting. Having farmed during the summer and fall seasons of her college years Zoe began to see how important it is to cultivate the local community around her, including the "natural" environment and the human environment. Zoe loves working with children and first developed this passion as a summer camp counselor for Falcon Camp. She believes children to naturally have a sort of creativity and innovative imagination that is frequently lost as we age into adulthood and is looking forward to nurturing these qualities in the individuals that are joining the school and in those that she encounters in her everyday life.
Kelly earned a BA in Physics from the University of Chicago and an MA in Physics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has spent most of her adult life as a science educator, teaching a lot of physics and other science and math subjects to students ranging in age from 4 to college level. Though she has always been a nature lover, inspired by reading Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, she has more recently been learning and teaching others about our food system and the practice of permaculture. She is the proud mother of Gideon, a 20-something young man currently living in Shanghai.