Our Mission

Common Earth Community Garden is established to

grow and distribute vegetables, provide a source of 
wholesome food to local food banks, provide 
nutritional and cultural education for youth, a place 
of fellowship for multigenerational families, and 
outreach to our diverse neighbors on this shared 
common earth.

 

In cooperation with

Common Earth Community Garden
Common Earth Community Garden

About Us

Common Earth Community Garden is established to grow and distribute vegetables, provide a source of wholesome food to local food banks, provide nutritional and cultural education for youth, a place of fellowship for multigenerational families, and outreach to our diverse neighbors on this shared common earth.

Steering Committee

Bob Abercrobie

Co-Administrator

Born and raised to age nine on a Colorado farm, Bob Abercrombie brings a strong connection to the earth, plus a wealth of engineering and administrative experience.  After finishing Petroleum Engineering study at the Colorado School of Mines, Bob served in the Army Corps of Engineers as Occupational Craftsman School administrator.  For 36 years, he worked for Mobil Oil Corporation, both in the United States and abroad.  His career in the oil business included reservoir engineering, business planning, and economics.  He supervised producing operations and engineering for offshore projects.  Bob was instrumental in keeping construction (phase one) of the Common Earth Community Garden on track, and he supervised the relocation of a donated shed.  Bob is always a firm voice for financial transparency and accountability.

Ken & Becky Anderson

Advisors

Ken and Becky Anderson come to Common Earth Community Garden with many years of experience in gardening and community development.  They are the proprietors of Pioneer Farmsteaders, an urban agricultural and education endeavor.  In their advisory role with this garden, they are excited to see another community take shape, centered on healthy food and fellowship.  Their support, advice, and experience have helped Common Earth in numerous ways.

Bob Bunting

Financial Oversight Liason

Bob Bunting, an accountant, serves on the Board of Trustees and Financial Oversight Committee at the First United Church of Arvada.  He is also the church accountant.  Bob communicates regularly with the church trustees on both financial and property issues.  He is a garden enthusiast whose specialty is sprinkler systems.  He oversaw the irrigation installation for Common Earth Community Garden.  Bob also cares for the trees that surround the garden by making sure that the roots are properly watered.  As he tends his own garden plot, he gives hands-on assistance to resolve most issues.   

Amy Laydon

Communications Coordinator

A natural communicator with excellent technology skills, Amy Laydon brings many talents to the garden effort.  As the 2016 Co-Administrator, Amy demonstrated flexibility and good listening skills.  She is an effective consensus builder.  Her aesthetic sense of garden design turns vision into reality.  Amy has been an art teacher in the public schools for 26 years. Honing her organizational abilities, she served for six years as Coordinator of Education Venue for the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and also coordinated the JeffCo Public Schools Middle School Art Show.  She was instrumental in planning the opening Earth Day celebration and the Festival that closed the first season at Common Earth.  A gardener for more than 45 years, Amy focuses on herbs, aromatherapy, and landscaping.  She’s excited to pass on her passion for gardening to her teenage daughter and other youth.  

 

Maia Longenecker

Support at Large

Maia Longenecker grew up with a garden every year, but community organizing is her forte.  While in the Peace Corps for two years in Lesotho, Africa, Maia learned to write grants, secure in-kind donations, and organize communities.  She worked with preschools in 25 communities to create playgrounds and educational murals at each school.  At Outward Bound, she also focused on service, bridging the divide between adjudicated youth and their communities.  Trained as a social worker (MSW), Maia is driven by her passion for social justice.  She’s especially drawn to grass-root efforts that build strong communities.

Lisa Lytle

SECRETARY, FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR,

GRANT WRITER, MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR

Lisa Lytle is an accounting technician at the University of Colorado, Denver.  She is also pursuing a degree in nonprofit management.  Lisa is a visionary who imagined the Common Earth Community Garden years before its existence.  She was also the driving force that helped make it a reality.  Her avocation is assisting refugees with survival skills as they seek housing, jobs, and transportation.  One grateful refugee volunteered his physical labor during the initial construction phase of Common Earth Community Garden.  As a musician, she plays piano solos at church.  Always a multi-tasker, Lisa even performs as a one-woman bell choir.

Michele Melio

Community Building

Michele Melio is the founder and sole proprietor of Easy To Be Green Consulting.  Her two lifelong passions are environmental education and organic farming using permaculture methods.  Michele grew up on a farm in central California during severe drought.  Her family raised all their own food, including cattle, chickens, and sheep.  She has worked as a Zero Waste Consultant, project manager, event planner, technical writer, and public school teacher.  Always expanding her skills, she is a certified solar technician and a native plant master.  Currently employed by Eco-Cycle, Michele is the Green Star Schools Project Manager of 46 schools.  She also manages an EPA grant to make Lyons the first Green Star town.  Michele has sales and marketing experience with a number of corporations, including Eco-Cycle. 

Sue Norman

Co-Administrator

Sue Norman first gained administrative experience in California, where she was employed at Pioneer Electronics as office assistant to the manager.  Upon moving to Colorado, she worked for Lockheed Martin (then Martin Marietta) for 23 years, taking the lead in Human Resource projects relating to the information system.  Sue retired to become a caregiver for her in-laws, but she still found time to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity and Health Fair.  She worked a small flower bed with her father-in-law at the entrance to his community, feeding her own passion for gardening.  When Sue saw the sign announcing the opening of Common Earth Community Garden, she jumped at the chance to get involved at the ground level.  During construction, she spent many hours moving dirt and gravel in the hot sun.  She encouraged others to replant after their crops were destroyed by hail.  Her persistence has been contagious, and she inspires other gardeners with her good ideas.

Bill Orchard

Community Garden Consultant

Bill Orchard is a recently retired professional engineer who spent the last 44 years working in industrial gas manufacturing, beer production, and computer facilities maintenance.  He has been a community gardener for 35 years and a home gardener for 40 years.  Bill is a Master Food Safety Advisor through CSU Extension and a Colorado Master Gardener.  Bill is active in the Arvada community, including involvement with the Harvest Festival, city parks and trails, Bike Friendly Arvada, farmers market, Arvada Community Garden, Arvada Healthy Places and Olde Town Arvada.  Common Earth Community Garden has benefitted greatly from his experience in all aspects of community gardening and his can-do approach to problem-solving.

Char Pasco

Volunteer Coordinator

Community Building

Char Pasco’s love for the earth is rooted in her early experiences as a hardworking farm girl, tending a large garden.  She’s been a member of Denver Botanic Gardens for more than twenty years and has taken advantage of the plant-related classes offered.  She also built trails for JeffCo Open Spaces.  Char has been called a “passionate encyclopedia,” diving into new aspects of gardening by devouring intriguing details.  She studied the possibility of planting a fruit orchard.  Char’s interest in bees and pollinators led her to put on a program for gardeners and church members.  Using a film, games, and snacks made of honey, Char introduced adults and kids to the wonders of bees and pollination.  A bee hive was Char’s generous gift to Common Earth in its second season.  By letter, she informed the neighborhood around the garden about the value of bees and recruited neighbors as volunteers. 

Jan Satriano

Bookkeeper, Grantwriter

An experienced bookkeeper, Jan Satriano worked for 15 years in Accounts Payable for a real estate development company.  She proved her grant-writing skills in 2016 by securing a major Neighborhood Improvement Grant from the City of Arvada that paid for Phase One of the Common Earth Community Garden.   For the 2017 season, Jan was awarded a generous grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation for the construction of Phase Two.  Jan’s people skills are evident in other jobs she’s held, such as Medical Assistant and School Bus Assistant.  With husband Tony, she created a magnificent garden landscape around their home.  Creating delicious, healthy food from garden produce is another talent Jan loves to share.  She volunteers on the Fellowship Board at church, planning and executing special events featuring food and hospitality.

Tony Satriano

Community Building

As the 2016 Co-Administrator of Common Earth Community Garden, Tony Satriano was instrumental in gathering a dynamic steering committee that launched the garden a year ahead of schedule.  Known for his lively spirit and quirky humor, Tony creates instant rapport with the neighborhood and small business community. Recently retired with an abundance of energy, Tony indulges his passion for gardening as well as volleyball, softball, and racquetball.  He’s also lucky in love, since teaming up with his wife Jan.  Tony is a life-long learner who has enjoyed taking classes through Denver Urban Gardens and Majestic View Nature Center.  An enthusiastic supporter of the community, Tony joined the Sustainability Committee at the city of Arvada.  He has directed environmental activities, including an Earth Day Program, Festival, and an adult study about food justice at First United Church of Arvada.   

 

Martha Sullivan

Grant-Writing Coordinator

Martha Sullivan enjoys combining her love of gardening with writing projects like creating these bios.  Most would agree that her writing skills are better than her dirt-moving skills, but she has enjoyed low-impact gardening and nature walking all her life.  During 30 years of public school teaching (middle and high school language arts), Martha wrote successful grants for her special-needs students and the Gifted and Talented Program.  Since retiring, she has e-published two picture books for homeless students about how to find free fun in public parks and open spaces.  Martha has served as Moderator (lay leader) of First United Church of Arvada and has held many church leadership positions.  She represented Metro Denver UCC churches on the Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Directors.  An advocate for social justice, she is an experienced networker who loves to organize people and projects.

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