Staff and Interns

Jenny Bloom

Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

(801) 359-2658 ext.11
Jenny coordinates Wasatch Community Gardens' volunteers and manages our marketing efforts. Originally from New York, Jenny brings her interests in cooking, growing, farmers markets, recycling and climate change issues together here to help connect the Salt Lake Community in the Gardens.

Susan Finlayson

Community Gardens Program Director

801-359-2658 ext.12
Susan oversees Wasatch Community Gardens' Community Gardens Program, managing partnerships with Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County, and working directly with community members and partners starting and supporting community gardens across our Network. This includes overseeing our annual Growing Community Gardens training for garden leaders, administering mini-grants to community gardens, and facilitating resources, information and events for gardeners in our Network. Susan earned a masters in Horticulture and Agronomy at the University of California, Davis in 2010, and teaches Organic Gardening at the University of Utah. Her interests include international travel, hiking in Utah wilderness, and experimenting with container gardening on her apartment patio.

Carly Gillespie

Community Education Program Director

801-359-2658 ext.10
Carly Gillespie has been coordinating Wasatch Community Gardens' educational workshops and community events, providing thousands of Salt Lake residents with the knowledge and skills to grow their own food organically since 2009. An experienced organic gardener, she has experience with gardens of all sizes, and even helped start the small, organic, Ducklelberry Farm in Beaver Creek, Oregon. Her love of gardening and good food has made her passionate about food access, and creating a sustainable local food system. She spends her free time gardening, cooking, preserving, experimenting, playing with her dog, cats and chickens and trying to convince her boyfriend it is time to get goats. She loves volunteering with other non-profit organizations, and currently serves as Vice Chair for Slow Food Utah.

Jennifer Hamilton

Salt Lake City Community Garden Coordinator

801-359-2658 ext.16
Jennifer manages Salt Lake City's Community Gardens Program; a new partnership with Wasatch Community Gardens. The purpose of SLC's Community Gardens Program is to support existing community gardens on city owned land and to facilitate the formation of new community gardens throughout the city. Jennifer brings 14 yrs of experience working within the not-for-profit and community building sector. She is an avid supporter of radical collaboration, participatory leadership, community driven projects, and local food security. She is steadily converting her .18 lot into an organic child-friendly urban homestead.

Emma Kroon Van Diest

Youth Educator

801-359-2658 ext. ext.14
Emma has migrated to SLC from Columbus, Ohio, for a wonderful experience at WCG. She is excited to get her hands dirty and make new friends! When she isn’t teaching youth at WCG's teaching gardens, you may find her on the mountains, in a secret swimming hole, climbing a boulder, roaming the local farmers market, or quietly at home nerding-out with her art supplies. She's also a firm believer that dental hygiene is nothing to laugh about.

Giles Larsen

Parks for Produce Community Garden Coordinator

801-359-2658 ext.16
Giles manages the Parks for Produce Program, a partnership between Salt Lake County's Urban Farming Initiative and Wasatch Community Gardens that provides land, infrastructure, organizing expertise, and administrative assistance to groups interested in starting new community gardens at pre-designated sites in the Salt Lake Valley. Giles first got acquainted with the inequities of the modern food system while rescuing produce that would otherwise have been thrown away, and redistributing it to the low-income and homeless of Salt Lake City. Later, Giles helped develop more ecological and affordable alternatives as a small-scale market gardener, and as a founding staff member of the Community Food Co-op of Utah and the New Roots refugee gardening program.

Mike Lynch

Community Education Program Director

Mike Lynch is thrilled to be a member of the Wasatch Community Gardens family. He is a Utah transplant, originally from Chicago, and finds the soil here dry, warm, and much to his liking. He has a degree in History from the University of Illinois. After graduating, Mike joined AmeriCorps for a year of national service as a crew leader for the Montana Conservation Corps. There, he engaged in community outreach and education, and discovered his passion for making strong, healthy, and sustainable communities. Most recently, Mike worked as a steward at the University of Utah's Edible Campus Gardens, which was a truly transformational experience. In his free time, Mike can be found cooking and dancing to Otis Redding.

Ashley Patterson

Executive Director

801-359-2658 ext.15
As Executive Director, Ashley leads the organization in its commitment to promoting youth and community gardening and education. Ashley has twenty years of entrepreneurial, management, and leadership experience in the nonprofit, higher education, and small business sectors. Ashley has been involved with WCG for more than a decade, serving as the organization’s Board Chair from 2005-2008. Before joining the staff as Executive Director in 2012, Ashley was responsible for communicating sustainability initiatives and mentoring students to complete sustainability oriented projects at the University of Utah. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Master’s degree in Environmental Health.

Lindsey Smith

Development Director

801-359-2658 ext.13
Lindsey works with Wasatch Community Gardens' individual, foundation, government, and corporate supporters to ensure that the organization has the funds it needs to successfully execute its community gardening and education programs. She has 13 years of fundraising experience and has worked with a variety of local and international nonprofits. She earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College in Maine. She joined the Wasatch Community Gardens' staff in 2010. As a new mom she doesn't have any free time - but if she did, she would spend it hiking, skiing, traveling, and working in her organic garden.

Bill Stadwiser

Youth Program Director

801-359-2658 ext.14
Bill oversees all of Wasatch Community Gardens' youth programs, including our City Roots gardening classes, City Sprouts youth summer camps, and Growing Greens field trips. Hailing originally from the flatlands outside of Chicago, Bill now calls Utah's Wasatch Front home. He has extensive experience in youth and environmental education, having served as a classroom teacher in Washington, DC, a wilderness counselor in Utah's west desert, and an adventure guide for teens in the Alaskan backcountry. He has a B.A. in Education and History from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. Bill is passionate about creating opportunities for students to interact with the biological world, learn where wholesome food comes from, and discover the joys of growing it themselves.
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