Who We Are

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[av_team_member name=’Jack Fako’ job=’External Outreach Manager’ src=’https://invigoratingardens.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/img_7627.jpg?w=1030&h=772′ attachment=’126′ description=’Jack Fako is the External Outreach Manager for Invigorating Gardens. He enjoys playing ice hockey and lacrosse for Shady side Academy. Jack is passionate about farming and gardening with plenty of experience working on his family’s farm. He volunteers every year in Appalachia helping poverty stricken families in the area by improving homes and gardens. Jack is excited by the opportunity Invigorating Gardens presents.
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[av_team_member name=’Shaan Fye’ job=’Executive Director’ src=’https://invigoratingardens.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/img_9442.jpg’ attachment=’11’ description=’Shaan Fye is the Founder and Executive Director of Invigorating Gardens. He is the President of the Fox Chapel Farmers Market, helping manage interns from Shady Side, and helps with the Shady Side Academy Farm. Additionally, he volunteers at the Rosalinda Sirianni Memorial Garden in Bellevue, PA, where he grows organic produce to donate to the local food pantry. He traveled to Argentina for a month in the Summer of 2014 to help local villages build their own sustainable farms. He is a Junior at Shady Side Academy.’]
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[av_team_member name=’Rosie Wise’ job=’Senior Consultant’ src=’https://invigoratingardens.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/img_7124-e1403129560828.jpg’ attachment=’88’ description=’Rosie earned a BS in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science from Lycoming College. She currently oversees the day to day operations of the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden and Orchard in Bellevue. Rosie has managed the development of the garden from the ground up, since the property was an abandoned lot. The garden now serves as an educational resource for the community while supporting two food pantries with fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables. With her vision, guidance and green thumb, the site is home to a 25 fruit tree orchard with permaculture design, a high tunnel that provides year round production, rain garden and bioswale, and children’s garden. Now in its fourth growing season, 2014 marks an anticipated 10,000 pounds of produce harvested since 2011. Rosie supervises over 200 volunteers that give 1600 hours of service annually to the garden.

Her previous work experience includes serving as the Watershed Specialist and Agricultural Land Preservation Administrator for the Snyder County Conservation District, a Soil Conservation Technician for the United States Department of Agriculture and Grower at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden.

Rosie enjoys spending time outside exploring local parks and greenspace with her two adopted dogs and experimenting with heirloom varieties in her own vegetable garden.
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[av_team_member name=’Gray Garrard’ job=’Operations Manager’ src=’https://invigoratingardens.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/photo.jpg’ attachment=’97’ description=’Gray Garrard is the Operations Manager of Invigorating Gardens. He volunteers at Pittsburgh Soccer in the Community, helping inner-city kids exercise and have fun. He loves nature, particularly winter. He has travelled all around the world as well as visited many sustainable farms. He has a large vegetable garden every year and is a market intern at the Fox Chapel Farmers Market. He is a Junior at Shady Side Academy.

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[av_team_member name=’Kelsey Sheridan’ job=’Junior Consultant’ src=’https://invigoratingardens.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/img_0128.jpg?w=1002&h=1030′ attachment=’139′ attachment_size=’large’ description=’Kelsey has a varied background in gardening, farming, and agroforestry. She has a BA in International Relations and is currently getting her Master’s degree in Food Studies in Pittsburgh. She has spent a lot of time in South America working with farmers, including 3 months on a field reserve in the cloud forest where she received a Permaculture Design Certification (PDC). Ask her about agroforestry, chocolate, or tropical agriculture!’ font_color=” custom_title=” custom_content=”]

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