Board of Directors
Steven Marx, President
Steven Marx has been an active volunteer with Central Coast Grown since 2007. He is a retired professor of English and Environmental Studies at Cal Poly. He organized the Cal Poly Land Project and edited Cal Poly Land: A Field Guide.
Brian Engleton, Vice President
Ty Griffin, Treasurer
Ty Griffin has spent most of his career as the business manager for a series of small software companies. He has designed accounting software and comes to his bookkeeping/accounting knowledge from the technical side. Ty moved from LA to SLO with his wife and young children in 1976, liked it quite a bit and therefore stayed for 40 years and counting.
Dr. John Phillips, Secretary
Dr. John Phillips was raised on a small, family farm in Washington. He is an emeritus professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he spent 35 years teaching various Crop Science courses, and supervised the activities of the Cal Poly Organic Farm since its inception in 2000. He was active in departmental curriculum review and was instrumental in creating four interdisciplinary courses, three of which are general education courses: Specialties: Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming, and Holistic Management.
Terry Hooker, Member
Terry Hooker is a sustainable agriculture consultant working with commercial certified organic producers and ranches on the Central Coast. He was Farm Manager for the Cal Poly Organic Farm and help to establish the Sustainable Agriculture Resource Center at Cal Poly, now called the Center for Sustainability at Cal Poly. Terry has worked in Organic agriculture for over 20 years on farms throughout California. Terry is also wedding photographer and yoga teacher. Working with CCG represents an opportunity to manifest the infinite potentiality residing in all things. We can create a beautiful world through service and commitment to our values. The CCG team knows this and it is great to be part of such a positive and worthwhile project. The City Farm and other projects of CCG can help bring the food and agriculture aspects of our community to the next level.
Josh Carmichael, Member
Dena Paolilli, Farm Manager & Educator
Dena Paolilli started gardening on a large scale while in college at UC Davis. After college, she went on to facilitate a high-school organic garden mentor program in Sacramento. Since then, when she wasn’t soaking up the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada, she could be found farming at a handful of small-scale sustainable farms in the Sacramento area or a winter maple sugaring in Vermont. She’s excited to see what all can grow here and help expand City Farm.
Patrick Spielman, Assistant Farm Manager & Educator
Patrick Spielman grew up in California’s Central Valley, and has had experience growing many different types of annual vegetables in hot, dry conditions. After graduating from CSU Fresno, Patrick worked with the US Forest Service conducting backcountry wildlife surveys, as well as many other projects related to habitat restoration for non profit groups in Central California. As the newest member of the CCG team, Patrick is most interested in designing permaculture based food systems that improve soil health, increase biodiversity and restore ecosystems. Patrick’s other interests include riparian habitat restoration, food self sufficiency, and developing alternatives to extractive capitalist economic systems.
Danielle Armstrong, Outreach & Development Coordinator
Danielle Armstrong comes to us from San Diego, CA with a background in Business Administration and Sustainable Urban Agriculture. She is passionate about food, the outdoors and creating a cohesive and viable community around healthy food systems. She is excited to collaborate with CCG both in the field and behind the scenes to diversify education and increase local food production/distribution in SLO county.