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."
Operations + Comminty Coordinator
"My zeal of organic, whole food nutrition started as an adult in an attempt to heal my body from various ailments. I started on this path about 6 years ago and have never looked back. It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to be on the front lines of teaching kids how to prepare nutrient dense foods to fuel their bodies. These are skills they will hone in on for the rest of their lives."
"My grandmother understood that the future of food was in the hands of my generation. Nanny Jan, passed the skills and passion of the seed to table cycle down to me. These lessons inspire me to lead the Edible Schoolyard Kern County into the future of Edible Education with a passionate team of educators."
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."