Barbara Grimm Marshall
Founder and CEO
"As a native Californian, and a resident of Kern County for more than 30 years, I have been blessed with a great education, a supportive community, and the bounties of the Central Valley, including access to healthy foods and a healthy lifestyle. With those gifts comes a responsibility to make sure everyone in our community has access to those opportunities, which is why investing in student success, college readiness, and healthy lifestyle choices is so important to me."
"I am excited to be working with the foundation supporting the important work of Grimmway Schools as they close the achievement gap for K-8 Students in Kern County. Working together to integrate wellness and edible education into the daily lives of students, their families and communities, we are also expanding wellness outreach and impact across Kern County. As a senior executive and business advisor with over 35 years’ experience in both for-profit and educational organizations, it’s exciting to be working with such a talented team on such an important journey. In today's competitive non-profit environment, my goals are to bring new thinking and innovation to our endeavors and to truly produce impact in the communities that we serve."
"I love my job!!I am naturally curious and my current and past positions within the Foundation have allowed me to explore and grow. I have learned about charter school finance and compliance and been introduced to new foods such as quinoa and kale!! I am blessed to be a part of this movement that puts children’s academic achievement and wellness first."
Community Impact Coordinator
"I am passionate about giving back and being active in the community I live in. My past experiences are varied and lend themselves well to a job that is unique and allows me to learn and interact with others. I also like to stay busy and enjoy being involved. Working as part of an organization whose mission is to give back by helping to provide a better life for the children of Kern County is an absolute blessing."
"My mom is a wonderful cook. Every night growing up, we sat down at the table and had a delicious meal together as a family. I love that we can provide a safe environment and recreate this type of experience for our Edible Schoolyard students in Kern County."
Garden Programs Manager
"Through farming and gardening, I developed a passion for growing plants and the environment in which they live. To have the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and encourage students to explore, understand, and work with nature is very rewarding."
"Growing up in Bakersfield has instilled a strong sense of awareness for the environment and a desire to build a more sustainable and active community. My work as a grant writer allows me to help fund our Edible Schoolyards which allows students to develop a connection with the environment and the community they live in."
Kitchen Programs Manager
"My passion in life is cooking healthy and delicious meals for my family and friends and encouraging others to cook at home. BVESY allows me to continue promoting healthy eating habits and teaching children the skills they need to live a healthy and productive lifestyle."
Tech Manager & Support
"Since I was a kid, I have enjoyed working with numbers and solving problems, and have always been interested in accounting (my father and grandfather were both accountants). My job allows me to continue to work with numbers and to find solutions."