Despite the fact that her grandparents were grape farmers, Jo knew how to plan but not how to plant. In the not too distant past she couldn’t tell a Maple tree from a Sycamore tree. Nonetheless, Jo has always loved nature and the great outdoors. She is especially fond of animals and has a very soft spot for wildlife. Jo is thankful for the garden space to reconnect our youth to nature and our local wildlife. The proud parent of two girls who attend SCS, Jo enjoys bouldering, dog walking, and stand up paddle boarding.
“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.” – Baba Dioum
Garden Service Awards Manager, Adopt the Garden Coordinator
Marivic Marko is a Sycamore Parent who appreciates nature’s beneficial impact on kids’ learning. Limited gardening skills did not deter her from volunteering in the garden. She was interested in volunteering her time to help provide students with an opportunity to learn and appreciate nature and wildlife in an outdoor environment. Marivic is the Garden’s Service Awards Manager, administering the ever growing database and the distribution of awards for the Garden Service Patch program. Additionally, Marivic is the Adopt the Garden Coordinator, overseeing the process of guiding classes in learning about and maintaining the garden, handling garden supply procurement, and providing email correspondence as well as scheduling for garden events. Marivic has been involved with the garden for several years, and is looking forward to seeing it grow with the students, school and community.
Edible Lab Expert
Phylicia Bulmer is dedicated to teaching children about where their food comes from and the importance of respecting the environment. She wants to help students understand how daily food choices can impact our bodies and our planet. Phylicia is the founder and owner of Organic Soul, an organic gardening company helping people plan, install, maintain and harvest organic edible gardens at their own home, and providing people with a mindful connection and appreciation of their food. Phylicia and her family have lived in Dos Vientos since 2000. She and her husband have 3 kids who all attended Conejo Valley schools.
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed that’s all that ever have” – Margaret Mead
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
John Malouf is a SCS parent, a Dos Vientos Realtor, and an Eagle Scout. John brings many years of outdoor scouting and conservation experience to the Sycamore Canyon Garden. John Malouf Realty donated our lovely garden shed affectionately named, “The Little Red Barn”. John enjoys being active in the community through volunteering at the SCS Garden and coaching youth soccer. If you’re a scout searching for a meaningful service project benefiting future generations of SCS students, the SCS Garden Committee would love to hear from you. Please contact John at: firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about scout service project opportunities in the SCS Garden.
Nutrition Educator, Manna Project Lead
Sonceriae is mom to three boys ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade. She holds a master’s degree in education and formerly taught health, English, strategies for success to at risk high school students, was Director of Student Activities and ran the ASB at Nordhoff high school. Sonceriae is passionate about organic, local, sustainable gardening and eating. She is enthusiastic to start volunteering on the Sycamore Canyon Food Science committee.
Culture at the Garden Outreach and Support
Subha is a parent of four students at SCS. Since moving here with her family from Colorado in early 2014, she has been inspired by the rich cultural diversity in the Dos Vientos community. She continues to use the skills she utilized during her professional career as Director of Recruiting and in Human Resources to encourage families to share their cultural heritage with the students at Sycamore through Culture in the Garden and International Night. With an undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and an MBA in Marketing, improving education for all children, both in and out of the classroom, is a top priority for her. She looks forward to finding more families willing to share their knowledge to expose our children to cultures they may never have the opportunity to visit. “The excitement is palpable as the kids play games, do crafts, and watch performances that reflect the cultures of their classmates. They have fun and they learn, but even as a community we benefit because we grow stronger as we learn about our differences.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Tina is a Sycamore Canyon parent and stay at home mom to 3 daughters. Tina grew up in an Italian-Irish family where food was the representation of our cultures. After many years in Finance, Tina fulfilled her dream of culinary education by attending Westlake Culinary School Professional Chef Series. Tina graduated Executive Chef of her class in 2015. Tina loves to cook with the seasons, organically and deliciously. Tina loves to share food, cooking techniques and food education with everyone.
“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child
Community Volunteer, Manna Project
Athena graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of California Santa Cruz, and has been working in food service for over four years, developing a passion for food and where it comes from. Her small apartment doesn’t allow for large crops, but she is the proud gardener to many herbs, houseplants – and even a fish, living in a small hydroponic tank that grows radish sprouts and wheat grass!
GARDEN EVENT PHOTOGRAPHERS
Caroline Malouf ♦ Anette Power ♦ Melissa George ♦ Stacy Gleason