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We support Nathan Hale Horticulture & Urban Farm in providing students with hands-on experience in horticulture, urban farming, environmental science, entrepreneurship and citizenship


Matt Davis, our horticulture teacher - Matt joined the Nathan Hale Science department in 2017.  Before teaching,  he developed his interest in sustainable agriculture through many years working with local growers and producers of farm to table ingredients and beverages.  Matt is the third generation of professional and avid home gardeners.        

Jessica Torvik Lee, President - Jessica holds a BS in botany and has taught high school Science and Career/Technology Education for 20  years.  She was the  horticulture teacher at Nathan Hale High School for 15 years, until the fall of 2018.  She enjoys gardening (of course!) and road trips with her family.     

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Hans Tietjen, Vice-President - A graduate of Nathan Hale, Hans has gone on to study horticulture at Edmonds Community College, and continues to help out at the greenhouse at Nathan Hale. He has been in the garden his whole life, and enjoys taking photos of nature.

Katherine Ransel, Secretary - Katherine had a long career as a public interest lawyer (environmental and civil rights enforcement), has created and managed several nonprofit organizations, and is a life-long organic gardener and a student of permaculture.

Marcia Holiday, Treasurer - Marcia has a  broad background, including teaching, medical research, grant and contract administration and co-founder of the Fremont and Ballard Sunday Markets.  Raised on a farm , she is committed to urban farming and community building.

Bill Holiday, Board Member - Bill is retired from the restaurant industry, and a life-long hiker, camper and gardener.

Randy Kilmer, Board Member - Randy grew up on a family orchard and sweet corn farm, majored in horticulture at Penn State,  and worked for the USDA and several commercial greenhouses.  He is a Master Gardener and assists in the Nathan Hale horticulture classes.

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Michael Kim, Board Member - Michael's professional background is in immigration and tax law, and is transitioning into a career in teaching high school English Language Arts. He is a Master Fruit Tree Steward through City Fruit, enjoys edible gardening, and loves being outside with a good book.

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