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Erin Close - Mobile Market Director

Erin Close is Arcadia's Mobile Market Director. She joined Arcadia full-time in 2017 after a 2016 season as Mobile Market Operator. She was promoted to manager in 2017, and has now taken the reins of the Mobile Market program which has sold more than $600,000 in farm-fresh, local food in low-food access neighborhoods since 2012, including a record season of sales in 2017 of $237,000. After earning a BFA in Printmaking, Erin has sought to bridge creative expression with a love of sharing food with others. As a printmaker, the inherent community-driven nature of the studio taught her the necessity of collaboration for success. While managing a small neighborhood grocer, she found herself at the point between producer and consumer. The potential and opportunity found in that work drew Erin to Arcadia’s Mobile Market, where she hopes to foster a space for shared learning, support, and encouragement as well as high-quality, local food at affordable prices. She is looking forward to making this season of Arcadia’s Mobile Market the brightest yet!

Katherine Collins - Production Farm Manager 

Katherine is spearheading Arcadia’s new vegetable production operation on the historic Woodlawn property. She first became interested in vegetable production as an urban gardener and environmental educator. After spending a year learning about agricultural systems from subsistence farmers in Ecuador as a Fulbright grant recipient, she returned to the US to complete an ecological certificate course at UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). For the two following seasons, she applied this knowledge as an employee at Potomac Vegetable Farms where she learned a lot about mid-Atlantic growing from the farmers there. Now, she is excited to be a part of the work that Arcadia is doing to bring delicious, nourishing food to all parts of Washington, DC.

Erik Cullen - Mobile Market Operations Manager 

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Juan Pablo Echeverria - Outreach and Education Coordinator

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Pamela Hess - Executive Director

Executive Director Pamela Hess has been with Arcadia since March 2013.  She came to Arcadia from journalism. A career national security journalist, Pam covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Pentagon and CIA with the Associated Press and United Press International. After a brief foray into national politics as a communications director on Capitol Hill, Pam returned to her first love: food and sustainable farms. In 2011, she took the helm of a local food and wine magazine that celebrated sustainable food and farming in the Capitol Foodshed, and in the course of it, met and fell in love with Arcadia. She brings to Arcadia a deep commitment to its mission, a large and expanding network of farmers and food advocates, and a great reputation within the sustainable food community.

Kenneth Meyers - Farm Operations Manager

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Ivy Mitchell - Farm Education Director

Ivy Mitchell is Arcadia’s Farm Education Manager. She came to Arcadia in 2017 as the Farm Camp Manager and did such a tremendous job Arcadia wouldn't let her go. Ivy became interested in foodways while obtaining a degree in anthropology and African and African American studies at the University of Arkansas. Later, she attended culinary school in Austin, TX, studying plant-based diets. While there, she began introducing children to healthy foods and their local food scene. Next she moved to Orlando, FL, where she spent three years in different roles in the local restaurant and food scene – from working as a culinary intern to managing and coordinating a SNAP program at a farmers’ market. Ivy realized she wanted to leave food service and work on food access and education full time. Ivy is so proud of her role as a farm educator, and has fallen in love with NOVA and the DMV area.

Matt Mulder - Director of Operations

Matt is responsible for organizational development and operations, strategic partnerships, and outreach and communication for Arcadia’s programs.  Matt has spent the last 17 years actively working on environmental and agricultural programs in the DC nonprofit community.  His experience as the founding Director of the Accokeek Foundation’s Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship provides a great understanding of the issues at the heart of Arcadia’s mission.  His academic experience includes a Master’s degree in Biology, with scientific research in the fields of Ecology, Pollination Ecology, Ornithology, and Herpetology.  Matt loves to garden and eat good food, and is excited to have a job that incorporates both of those loves.

Terri Siggins - Project Manager: Live, Eat, Grow, Route 1

In addition to working on the Bailey's project, Terri also serves as Project Coordinator for the Fairfax Food Council (FFC) in which Arcadia is an active organization on the steering committee. She holds a M.Ed and Ph.D in Education specializing in curriculum development and instructional practices. Building on her interest in how nutrition impacts the health and learning of students, she completed a M.S. in Nutrition from George Mason University. She is currently focused on food equity in the context of food access, nutrition, and education. Terri has been active with the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax, assisting with the FFC Community Food Assessment which laid the foundation for the Bailey’s project. Terri is excited to be working on a project that has the potential to make a system wide change in the way communities think about food and health.

Leah Turner - Membership & Administrative Coordinator  

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