Beret (pronounced “Bret”) is the Food Gardens and Systems program manager for the OSU Extension Family and Community Health Program in Clackamas County. Beret is the county lead on the GROW Healthy Kids and Communities USDA grant, she runs the GREEN Corps-Fresh Start youth farm, job training program for youth in the Juvenile Justice system, and she co-teaches in the Plot-to-Plate program, traveling to several limited resource community gardens across the county to deliver gardening, nutrition and food resource management education to underserved audiences.
Beret has worked with Extension for 4 years. She began as a program coordinator with the Portland Metro area Urban and Community Horticulture program. Beret’s previous education and experience includes a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and a Masters in Public Administration from PSU. Beret has worked on several organic farms and with garden projects in Vermont, India, New Zealand and Oregon. She has helped to launch several garden programs in the Portland metro area such as; The Garden of Wonders Program at Abernethy Elementary School, The Garden Works Program at the Community Transition School/ Learning Gardens Laboratory, and the CREST West Linn/Wilsonville District Farm.
Jenny starting working with OSU Extension Service in 2003 as an AmeriCorps Member providing health and safety outreach to migrant farm workers and their families. She was then hired on as a Bilingual Education Program Assistant in the Extension Nutrition Education Program where she taught hands-on nutrition classes to low income youth and families in Washington County. In 2008, she became the Extension Family and Community Health faculty member in Columbia County.
Jenny manages the local SNAP-Ed Nutrition Program, 4-H Financial Literacy Program, and also teaches nutrition and food safety classes throughout the county. Jenny holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Portland State University. She loves to work in her garden and enjoys spending time with her family and her 10 year old bunny rabbit, Samuel.
Patty has worked in the area of nutrition for 25 years. She started her dietetics career managing the nutrition department in a small hospital in Yreka, California. In 1990, she married and moved to Klamath Falls to work at the hospital covering clinical areas and specializing in diabetes education. In 2000, she shifted career directions and became a professor for Extension Service. She works to link resources between the University and the community to "advance knowledge, policies and practices that enhance the lives, health and environment of Oregonians."
She currently teaches community classes on nutrition, diabetes and health. Patty also coordinates the SNAP-Ed program which helps limited resource youth and adults learn how to eat healthy on a budget. She considers it a privilege to serve the residents of Klamath County as champion for disease prevention and health promotion. You'll often find her outside enjoying the beautiful landscapes of Klamath with her husband and two teenagers.