Project Grow's Board of Directors

Since its inception, Project Grow's Board of Directors has maintained an active and engaged presence in the organization. Its philosophy is to be a "working board" and that's a role board members take seriously. From longer-term strategic projects that help better fulfill Project Grow's core mission to weekend work parties at individual garden sites, the board members are out there getting their hands dirty alongside members (both literally and figuratively!).

The Board of Directors welcomes and encourages member input. Feel free to send thoughts and suggestions for the board to 

Current Board Members

Dan Noble, President

Dan Noble joined Project Grow in 2010 when he had time to garden when he no longer had to travel for work.  Dan gardens at Chapel Hill and Airport.  He has had a garden off and on for many years, time permitting, and values the service Project Grow provides the community.  He looks forward to helping Project Grow continue and expand its programs into the future.

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Shelley Ferguson, Vice President

Shelley enjoyed visiting her grandfather’s garden during childhood summers, but was convinced that the gardening bug wasn’t part of her DNA.  Until one summer in Chicago, that is.  She was a new parent living in an apartment, and suddenly found herself immersed in container gardening and turning a 2’6’ strip of grass along the alley into a fertile zone for vegetables and ornamentals.  Since then, there has been no turning back. 

Shelley completed her Master Gardener training at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and her passion areas in gardening now include urban gardens, companion planting, and pressing fellow gardeners for tips. She keeps a perennial plot at the Airport site, where she continues to experiment with dense plantings, organic methods, and regularly get lost in thoughts while tending.  
Eric Meves, Treasurer
Eric has gardened continuously with Project Grow since it began in 1974. He's had gardens at Peace Neighborhood Center (now gone), then Zion Church (also now gone), and at several locations at County Farm, where he gardens presently. This is his second year on the Board and as Treasurer.
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Dave Corsa

Dave has been a Project Grow gardener with his wife, Ann, for many years at Zion and Lakewood. He is a teacher at Eberwhite Elementary School where he works on the school garden and coordinates the flow of compostable materials from the lunchroom to Project Grow's Compost Education Center at The Leslie Science Center Project Grow site. He is the site coordinator for Lakewood.

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Sharon Fay

Sharon worked on managing the gardens at Forest Hills Coop for about 20 years. She is now at County Farm and wants to share her love of gardening with everyone.

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Kristen Garlock

Kristen has been a Project Grow gardener for many years, first at County Farm and most recently at Greenview. For the last two years she’s shared Greenview site coordinator duties with Pam Schwarzmann. She enjoys supporting Project Grow’s marketing and education activities, and is a librarian at a local academic not-for-profit organization.

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Kirk Jones, Managing Director & Ex-Officio Board Member
Kirk gardened with Project Grow from 1985 until 2004 and for many years edited Grow's print newsletter. Before working for Project Grow, he owned and ran a cut flower business, Good Scents Gardens.
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Jesse Raudenbush

Jesse directs the Project Grow Compost Education Center (CEC) along with Joet Reoma.  He is a Michigan Master Gardener and an experienced  vermiculturist, in charged of the Vermiculture Program of Project Grow.  Jesse owns and operates the worm farming and horticulture design company,  Starr Valley Farms.  

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Joet Reoma
Joet directs the Project Grow's Compost Education Center (CEC) with Jesse Raudenbush. He is a MSU Extension Master Gardener, a Washtenaw County Master Composter, a Master Rain Gardener, a Conservation Steward, and Urban Permaculture consultant. He teaches in the Master Composter Certificate Program (MCCP) of Washtenaw County.  He coordinates the UofM-CEAL class, Engaged Academic Learning Through Community Gardening, in partnership with Project Grow. He dabbles in beekeeping, vermiculture, aquaponics, and deep organic gardening. Outside of gardening, he serves as a local and national Red Cross volunteer, and a local member of CERT, Community Emergency Response Team..
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 Joe Schutte

Joe has been gardening since his early teenage years. After buying a condo he had to rent garden plots, originally in Livonia Michigan located at Greenmead.   At that time he decided to specialize in heirloom tomatoes. The desire to grow organically drew him to Project Grow. He gardens at Food Gatherers. While he still grows mostly heirloom varieties, he always includes hybrids plants to as they are better for donation to Food Gatherers.   

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Pam Schwarzmann

Pam gardens and is site co-coordinator at Greenview

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Calin Sferdean

Calin lives in Ann Arbor and currently gardens at the Airport site. He graduated from the Master Composter class (2015) and is looking forward to developing new projects with Project Grow.

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