Stacy Pettigrew, Executive Director. Stacy was a co-founder of the Rhizome Collective where she participated in the construction of sustainable systems and organizational infrastructure. Stacy was also a journalist and producer with WINGS: The Women’s International News Gathering Service. Stacy holds a PhD in Environmental Health Science from University at Albany’s School of Public Health and a Masters of Science in Epidemiology. Stacy teaches Public Health at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and is a co-author of the book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide” (South End Press, 2008).
Scott Kellogg, Educational Director. Scott holds a PhD of Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master’s in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University, and is visiting faculty at Bard College where he teaches in the Masters in Environmental Education program. Scott is an appointed member of Albany’s Sustainability Advisory Committee to the Common Council and the chair of its urban agriculture subcommittee. He has taught at numerous universities and has led workshops and multi-part sustainability courses nationally and internationally. Scott was also a co-founder of Austin, Texas’ Rhizome Collective, an urban sustainability education project, and worked as the director of its sustainability program from 2000-2009. He is a co-author of the book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide” (South End Press, 2008).
Cait Denny, Environmental Educator. Cait was the Executive Director of the Chatham Children’s Garden where she developed programming for all age groups, oversaw day-to-day garden operations, and expanded the garden’s organizational capacity. Cait has over ten years of experience leading environmental education programming at many non-profit institutions and has developed successful small-scale agricultural entrepreneurial enterprises. Cait holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from University of Colorado.
Ben Atwood, Garden Coordinator. Ben has worked and volunteered in agriculture and education since his first internship with Pleasant Valley Farm in 2009. Ben previously directed and ran a preschool teaching garden, a program which gave children the opportunity to become familiar with how food is grown and which provided produce for Albany food pantries. Ben holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The College of Saint Rose.