Erin Maher (they/them)

General Manager & Director, Agricultural Connections

Procurement Regional Hub Coordinator

Deschutes, Crook & Jefferson Counties

Erin came to Agricultural Connections in 2021, starting as the retail & harvest box program manager. Bringing a background in operations & logistics management and an attitude that most things can be improved if you're willing to think about them in new ways, Erin re-vamped our retail processes and helped keep daily operations running smoothly during substantial growth in our wholesale program. In early 2023, Erin took on the overall oversight and management of ACC.

Before Ag Connect, Erin dipped their toes into academia and civil service before a part-time job on a food truck got them hooked on working with food. Erin spent 6 years creating systems to improve efficiency, food quality & safety, and employee satisfaction, eventually overseeing operations across 10 food trucks and 10 brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Denise Rowcroft (she/her)

Garden for Every School Program Manager, The Environmental Center

Education Regional Hub Coordinator

Deschutes, Crook & Jefferson Counties

Our regional hub serves as a place - both virtual and in person - where Central Oregon educators can share ideas, resources and network around garden-based education and supporting school gardens in our high desert climate.

Our Garden Educator Network kicked off in 2016 and brings people together 2-3 times a year in different school garden settings. This is part of our Garden for Every School program, which supports educators, schools and districts with technical assistance, financial support, and direct service connecting students to food and nature in the classroom, cafeteria, and school gardens.