Our Board and Team
Get to know the dedicated board and team members behind Marymoor Community Garden Association. We are united in our passion to create an inclusive community garden that provides a safe and welcoming growing space. Read on to learn more about who we are and what we do.
Once upon a time, Robin's biggest gardening problem was figuring out how to get the pea harvest into the house before my toddling baby daughter ate them all. It's been more than 30 years since then, and we are still gardening together. Robin and her family gardens at Marymoor because of the friendly and knowledgeable community. They are also big fans of the J. Mac food bank garden and all it does.
Robin is a past MCGA President and had served on the MCGA Board from 2015 through 2019. Now she serves as the Registrar.
Kirby Cartwright-MCGA President
Kirby has been a gardener since he was a child; roughly 50 years. The story of his family moving to the Northwest is the story of their participation in MCGA. They signed up for a 1/2 plot before moving here in mid-2016. Cheryl, his wife, likes to say they got off the plane and the next day they were digging in their plot. It was actually the very next weekend. Kirby has been joined by his daughter Hilary and they co-garden three plots. Kirby is currently serving as the MCGA Board President, and he also serves the public as a Master Gardener clinician at the Bellevue Home Depot.
Kate Holliday-Grounds Lead and Garden Mentor
On an annual basis, Kate grows onions, chilis, tomatoes, beans, berries, and other crops. However, each year she likes to grow something new. She also incorporates long-flowering ornamentals in her plots to ensure adequate food sources for pollinators.
Her gardening philosophy:
1. It’s all about the soil!
2. Utilize the best practices to achieve optimal crop outcomes & reduce the workload.
3. Don’t give up — Learn from your failures — Everything wants to grow
Hannah Kimball-Food Bank Lead
Hannah was born and raised in our beautiful Sammamish Valley, just four miles from Marymoor Community Garden, and began gardening as a toddler, under her dad's tutelage. She has been gardening at Marymoor now for 16 years and has worked as a food bank manager for the past 3 seasons. She loves our gardens, our community, and all she's learned from others. What a grand experience!
Michael Lockwood-Secretary, Webmaster, and Garden Mentor
Michael gardens at Marymoor because he enjoys taking advantage of the full sun to grow unique varieties of crops and has found a lot of joy in creating and maintaining his plots. He is passionate about helping MCGA improve its communications through the website and dashboard as well as making sure the mentoring program supports the success of each gardener.
Bev MacKenzie-Garden Mentor
Bev has gardened at MCGA for 6 years & loves the community aspect of it. Sharing in growing organic produce for the less fortunate in our area, whilst working alongside gardeners from all over the world, is what she enjoys. In the past, she has also served as the registrar for 3 years.
Brandie Luebbert-Garden Mentor Lead
After years of attempting gardens on sunless balconies, Brandie enjoys growing herbs, cucumbers, tomatoes, and more. Since settling in Redmond and MCGA over three years ago, she experiments in the garden with her family and shares knowledge with neighbors. Outside of garden life, she is on a hiatus from being a respiratory therapist and teacher. Brandie has never met a dahlia she does not love.
Gia Parsons-MCGA VP and Volunteer Coordinator
Gia is the volunteer coordinator at MCGA. She gardens with her family and enjoys growing new and unusual crops. Her interest in gardening began as a child when she used to garden with her parents on Guam. Unequivocally, one of the best things about being at MCGA is meeting gardeners and sharing produce.
Michelle Raymond-Food Bank Lead
One of the original founders of MCGA, Michelle is our tireless food bank manager. She supports the garden in many ways, as a knowledgeable gardener who is always willing to lend a hand and provide gardening advice and as a historian, who keeps much knowledge about the creation of MCGA.
Ruth Robertson-Controller and Garden Mentor
Ruth's focus at MCGA is on open communication and mentoring. She believes our Board has a duty to support the concept of “community” and encourage new gardeners through their first seasons, support those who have physical barriers, build upon the concept of cooperation, education, and mentoring
John Talbert-Food Bank Lead
John tends to his own plots with his wife Cheryl. The two have been gardening at Marymoor since the ’90s. Both are addicted to homegrown tomatoes and go into terrible withdrawal for nine or so months during the year. Corn is a favorite too.
He works to plan food bank work prior to and during the growing season. John leads food bank work parties to ensure maximum produce production and quality, and comradery.
John also supports the MCGA board on an “as needed” basis doing data analysis, particularly involving water usage, the garden’s largest expense.