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 organizations'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!
Kelly Muñoz, Operations & Development Manager
Kelly has been involved in education in various guises for a number of years. After teaching history for 3 years, Kelly traveled the Pacific and beyond aboard her sailboat. Settling in the Florida Keys, Kelly began teaching social studies to high school age, at-risk youth. Kelly returned to the Bay Area in 2003 and promptly became involved at Pescadero Elementary School, where her daughter attends, as well as serving on the board of the Square Peg Foundation, an organization devoted to race-horse rescue and adaptive riding for at-risk youth. Working for Pie Ranch is a natural fit for Kelly where her interests in nature, animals & educating youth all converge. When she isn’t at Pie Ranch, she can be found in the hills of Pescadero on her horse, Dohlman.
Debbie Harris, Farm Manager
Debbie has been getting her hands dirty working with youth in agriculture for ten years. Debbie’s passion for farming and social justice has brought her all over the map from Mongolia to Zanzibar, studying sustainable farming and community food systems. After several years growing produce at Farm and Wilderness in Vermont, Debbie managed a youth urban farm in Philadelphia for the University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Nutrition Initiative. Thereafter Debbie went on to work at Freewheelin Farm in Santa Cruz, CA and later to manage Beech Hill Farm for the College of the Atlantic in Maine. When not on the farm, Debbie is busy zipping around on her bicycle and finding fresh water to swim in.
David Stockhausen, Culinary Arts Program Manager
and Chef Educator
Over the years, David has served as an educator in a myriad of contexts and has taught youth from a variety of backgrounds with passion and drive. Recently, David served as the Farm Supervisor for the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz where he re-designed and implemented their training and education program. Since 2003, David's interest in organic farming and gardening has led him to work on, manage, and inhabit various biodiverse farms from Vermont and California to NSW Australia. Through it all, it is cooking that persists as his primary love and deepest practice.
Marcelo Garzo, Youth Programs Manager
Marcelo Garzo is a Chilean-American musician, educator and cultural activist. He has been involved in social movements for food, environmental and healing justice throughout the Americas since 2006. Born in Toronto, Canada, raised in San Diego, CA with roots in Valparaiso and Southern Chile, Marcelo moved to the Bay Area in 2007 to pursue higher edcuation at UC Berkeley. He went on to receive both his B.A. and M.A. in Ethnic Studies. At Pie Ranch, Marcelo brings together his experience and vision as an educator, cultural worker and youth organizer to build youth power for food justice!
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 a consultant to the Pisces Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the environment for present and future generations. Prior to this role, she developed and managed the Environmental Literacy Program at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and she was the program officer at the Stewardship Council, where she oversaw grantmaking to connect California’s youth with the outdoors. Angie previously worked at the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, where her grantmaking focused on youth development and children’s health coverage. In 2012, she was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Education Advisory Council. Angie earned a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University and a Master of Public Policy from 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.
Benjamin Olson is a senior attorney at Intel Corporation and responsible for structuring and negotiating acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, and managing a large team of contributing stakeholders. Prior to joining Intel, Ben was a corporate associate at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where his practice focused on M&A, venture financings and general corporate legal matters. Ben earned a BA in History from the University of California, San Diego, and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis.
Pie Ranch is supported by a diverse and talented group of contracted staff. Alexandra Villegas, Ivette Vega, and Võ Hải head up the youth program team for our partner schools, Pescadero, Mission and Oceana High. The youth coordinators teach youth in these schools about sustainable food systems, food justice and help facilitate field trips to the farm. All three youth coordinators assist in the marketing and distribution of our CSA program. Emil Hansgen manages the animal wing of Pie Ranch while Sam Lipshultz assists Debbie with production. Tamar Ingber is the farm stand manager and helps stock our produce shelves, handles customer service and managing bulk orders for Pie Ranch.
APPRENTICES 2014–2015 SEASON
This hard-working group (Sherif Musaji, Sage Farrell, Flor Revolorio and Rachel Goldberg) is passionate about farming and social justice. The apprenticeship is a year-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!
Pie Ranch / Farm Stand 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero CA 94060 (650) 879-0995