Kristy Athens (she/her)
Owner, Genuine Wallowa County
Procurement Hub Coordinator
Wallowa, Baker & Union County
Though new to OFFSGN, Kristy has a master's degree in Food Systems and Society, and has worked on food systems issues for more than a decade. She is dedicated to supporting sustainable producers in her region.
Carrie Caselton Lowe (she/her)
Environmental Educator, RedTwig Education
Education Regional Hub Coordinator
I come from a long line of farmers and gardeners, so growing, collecting, and preparing food is certainly imprinted on my DNA. As a former school garden and farm to school coordinator, I love watching youth build their self confidence and healthy habits while learning farming, gardening, and culinary skills: the excitement of nibbling on spring spinach planted in the fall, the joy of tasting elderberry tea harvested from nearby shrubs, and the satisfaction of wielding a spade fork.
My work in Northeast Oregon engages youth in watershed monitoring with the Grande Ronde Model Watershed and is guided by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla. This guidance from our Indigenous neighbors centers the interconnectedness of our food with the land, water, and wellness of all organisms. I look forward to offering opportunities for educators to be guided in similar ways to support a deep connection between our youth, community, and the food that nourishes all of us.