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Meet the Team

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Karl Ebeling

Executive Director

Known as the "Mister Rogers" of farming, Farmer Karl embodies compassionate leadership, dedicated to enriching lives through connections with plants, soil, and community members on the farm. With 33 years of international business experience as a consultant, educator, and mentor, Farmer Karl specializes in fostering collaboration, education, and support among community leaders striving to create empowering farm environments. Since establishing Eden Streets in 2020, Farmer Karl has documented initiatives like the Green Phoenix Farm in downtown Salt Lake City, empowering women experiencing homelessness by providing stable jobs and housing opportunities. He remains committed to cultivating knowledge, assembling teams, and expanding networks to launch farms with impactful social missions worldwide.

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Ella Fleming

Program Director

Ella Fleming is a seasoned farmer and community advocate with over 15 years of farming experience and education on the east and west coasts. A native of Rhode Island, she has farmed in upstate New York and California. From 2019 to 2022, Ella managed the Homeless Garden Project farm in Santa Cruz, California. This community farm provides social services and transitional employment to help trainees find stable housing solutions, employment, and other opportunities to build a healthy future. Ella brings a passion for regenerative farming and a commitment to address social challenges. With cultivated experience in program design, community engagement, and leadership, Ella is dedicated to fostering a brighter future for all through the power of regenerative agriculture.

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Nary Rennie

Director of Member Services, Treasurer & Secretary

Nary Rennie, is a refugee from Cambodia, and a self-made business owner. Now she volunteers to work with inner city youth,  advancing education, fundraising and leadership training. Nary heads the Grow-Life garden club in Philadelphia.

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Rita Ebeling

Development Director

Rita Ebeling - educator, permaculturalist, and farmer. Rita earned her bachelors of science degree in biology at Wichita State University and her Masters of Education in curriculum and instruction in science at Brigham Young University. She has taught and tutored at the secondary level in a number of settings including at a school utilizing restorative practices. In 2020, she and Karl attended a Permaculture Design Course which helped her see a beautiful way to use her science education background to improve both people and the planet. Growing up as an Air Force dependent, she learned to find the good in every place, every person, and every situation. Her most rewarding job has been being a mom of five incredible children and especially enjoys her grandchildren. Since 2022, Rita and Farmer Karl have managed a small for-profit farm (Faircrest Farms) in Ogden, UT.

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Katie Goetz

Corporate Relations Manager

Katie Goetz, Corporate Relations Manager, originally from Texas, is thrilled to now call Utah home. She started volunteering with Grow Ogden as a way to connect with the community and take part in an activity that brings her great joy. Katie is a high school English teacher. When she is not grading papers or helping with Grow Ogden, she is knitting, reading, or enjoying the great outdoors.

Board of Directors

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Anita DiRenzo

Anita DiRenzo is a Finance Manager at Amazon. She is passionate about the outdoors and traveling. She graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a Bachelors in business.

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Chad Utley

Chad Utley most recently served at Pluralsight as Vice President of Skill Content Development. He believes lifelong learning is critical to self-fulfillment. He is inspired by opportunities to help individuals build technical skills and propagate skill development. Drawing on that inspiration, he recently led an effort to efficiently scale and cultivate a network of expert authors, speakers and presenters who comprise the top one percent of technologists around the world. He brought these individuals together to deliver the most powerful technology skill development offering available today. In former roles, Chad helped businesses to acquire talent as well as to develop operational processes to achieve the scale and reach they desired for their clients. Chad graduated from The University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Chad is a thoughtful and gifted leader who finds purpose in helping his team accomplish its best ideas.

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Anne Dunaway

Anne Dunaway, Director of Agricultural Land Use for Marriott-Slaterville, has developed a local food system to empower farmers to grow profitably through cooperation and resource leveraging. As a member of Ogden Food Council, Anne advocates for food access for those experiencing food insecurity in underserved communities. As owner of Urban Prairie Ag, Anne not only runs a farm collective, but also farms herself to support the local food economy. After earning her Bachelor's degree in Education in 2011, Anne developed professional grant writing experience through working at nonprofits focused on social-issues planning through a collective-impact approach for measurable outcomes in Salt Lake City.

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Thomas G. Wendorf, PE

Thomas G. Wendorf has over 39 years of experience in public works, Infrastructure financing, program delivery, construction management and delivery of services in the public sector. Thomas G. Wendorf is a Principal for Wendorf Beward & Partners, LLC (WB&P) specializing in disaster recovery working with local government clients. He served as Director of Public Works for the City of San Antonio. He was named Engineer of the Year for the State of Texas by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and as Public Works Leadership Fellow by the American Public Works Association. Mr. Wendorf has been a leader in multiple professional and civic organizations including president of the Texas Chapter of the American Public Works Association. He has a M.A. degree in Public Administration and B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.

Advisors

Jean Zosel

Jean Zosel has led Garden City Harvest as Executive Director in Missoula, Montana since 2011. As a community leader, she has built the organization to over $1M budget to manage 4 urban farms, 10 community gardens and 5 garden learning centers in schoolyards. She has developed a cooperative grower model that engages an ever-growing circle.  Garden City Harvest works with students from kindergarten through college to inspire young environmental stewards. They hire teens who are struggling with life circumstances to grow food together.

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Dr. William King, Jr

Dr. William King, Jr wears many hats. Professionally, he is a pediatrician in Philadelphia. Dr. King’s professional interests are in community-based pediatric practice, and parent education.  His research interests have been on youth violence reduction, childhood malnutrition, and medical student outreach. Dr King works actively as “chief farmer” for the White Rock Children’s garden, raising veggies to fund a mission in Malawi.  He similarly supports the children's garden club at Northern Children Services in Roxborough.

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Gweny Love

Gweny Love is founder of Mantua Worldwide Community, Inc., an organization that primarily focuses on promoting public health, the arts and sustainability. Ms. Love has championed nonprofits to promote stronger communities and build capacity, as she educates children in gardening. Gweny has partnered directly in various projects with University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Physicians for Social Responsibility, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, American Insight, and Family Leadership Institute within the department of Human Services.

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James Loomis

A professional organic grower, educator and small farm consultant, James Loomis has been a disciple of sustainability and permaculture for the past 20 years. He is currently the Green Phoenix Farm Director of Wasatch Community Gardens.

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Darrie Ganzhorn

Darrie has worked with the Homeless Garden Project since 1991 and has led the Project since 2008. Under Darrie’s leadership, the Project has developed the transitional employment program and its goals, grown revenue four-fold, and has successfully completed a $3.5 million capital campaign. Darrie has primary responsibility for vision and planning, fundraising, program direction, financial management, public relations and staff support of the Project's Board of Directors.

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Michael Ableman

Michael Ableman is an American-Canadian author, organic farmer, educator, and advocate for sustainable agriculture. Michael is considered one of the pioneers of the urban agriculture movements. He is a frequent lecturer to audiences all over the world and the winner of numerous awards for his work. Michael Ableman is the founder of the Center for Urban Agriculture in Goleta, California where he farmed for 20 years; co-founder and director of Sole Food Street Farms.

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Camille Winnie

Camille Winnie specializes in urban development, empowering those facing homelessness. Camille is behind the Downtown Ambassador Program, a group employed by the Alliance to patrol the downtown area thoroughfares, assisting businesses, visitors, workers, and the homeless. Currently, she is the director of community outreach at The Other Side Village in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Courtney Giles

Case Manager at the Wasatch Community Gardens Green Phoenix Farm, is a personal advocate for each woman. With 12 years of experience in human and social services, she empowers women to overcome obstacles to stable employment and housing. She also organizes groups and events that focus on holistic self-care, including art-making, creative writing, and healing-based practices. From personal experience, she has learned to stop being a victim to take back her life. Her gifts and passion has given her the ability to connect and empathize with women.

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Sara Marie Hamilton

Originally from Berkeley, California, Sara Marie Hamilton has hands-on experience as an entrepreneur, farmer, food-system leader, and community organizer. She specializes in linking people with the resources needed to sustainably create abundance. Sara Marie sees farming as a powerful means toward social and environmental justice reform. With direct experience running a small family farm in Oregon, she employs regenerative, land-management practices to address community causes. As an instructor at Full Life Pilates and managing partner at the Slow Life Farm, she managed social media and customer relations. Sara Marie is certified in advanced permaculture, growing small farms, and sustainable agriculture.

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Tamara L McDaniel

Tamara L. McDaniel (Tami), has served as Youth Harvest Project Director with Garden City Harvest since 2016. The Youth Harvest Project is a therapeutic, service-oriented, work program. She builds healthy natural and social communities via youth-based farming and outdoor experiences in natural environments. As a behavior consultant for the Youth Enhancement Program, Tami supported at-risk youth in a school environment. As an alternative high school teacher, she co-developed and taught EATS: Ecology and Agriculture Together for Sustainability, working with under-served students. As an urban, environmental educator, she led service-learning programs as well as FOOTSTEPS, a summer leadership program. Tami has been recognized by Eden Streets as 2021 Outstanding Farmer.

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