OAK Team

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Brooke Gentile

Executive Director

Brooke Gentile joined OAK in the summer of 2017. She is a Kentucky native and has worked with sustainable agriculture projects in New York City, Northern California, and Bloomington, Indiana. Brooke cares deeply about building a regional food system that supports farmers, builds soil health, supports biodiversity and provides climate solutions so small farms and the communities of eaters they support can thrive. She enjoys outdoor adventures with family and friends, growing garlic and putting up enough salsa for the year, observing the backyard chickens and making photos through the seasons.

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Katie Harvey

Workplace Wellness CSA Program Coordinator

Katie Harvey, a Louisville native, joined the OAK team in June2018. Katie assists with the Kentucky Farm Share Coalition Program and works to increase outreach for CSA participation. Prior to joining the OAK team, Katie spent several years working on Kentucky vegetable farms, facilitating nonprofit education programs for healthy eating, and working in sales with a cosmetics brand focused on sustainability and the environment. Katie is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky’s Natural Resource and Environmental Science program with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture. She has a long-time commitment to growing the local food economy and working to raise awareness and support for organic agriculture in Kentucky.

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Jenny Howard Owen

Education Program Coordinator

As an environmental educator, Jenny Howard Owen is passionate about connecting her fellow Kentuckians to their local environment - and to their farmers!  Within the past 20 years, her work in environmental education has taken her from the savannahs of central Africa (via Peace Corps), along the shores of VA and NC (with US Fish & Wildlife Service), and back home to the Bluegrass State, with Lake Barkley State Park, KY Division of Water, KY Dept of Education, and the KY Association for Environmental Education. Jenny, her husband Jacob, and their son Birch live, plant, and play in the rolling countryside of Anderson County.

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Natalie Rider

Assistant Director

Natalie Rider joined OAK in early 2022 as the Assistant Director. In her role she supports all OAK programming, with a concentration in community supported agriculture across her home state of Kentucky. She previously lived in Washington, D.C. while managing international development projects focused on agriculture, conservation, and water and sanitation. Natalie attended Georgetown College studying economics and Spanish and Cornell University, receiving a master's in city and regional planning. Natalie is a compost advocate and backyard chicken owner and loves biking, hiking, gardening, and live music.

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Robin Verson

Membership and Communications Coordinator

Robin Verson joined the OAK team in July 2019 as the Membership and Communications Coordinator. Robin offers OAK her experience of local farming with over two decades of certified organic management on her Metcalfe County farm.  Hill and Hollow Farm's CSA is in it's 20th delivery year, a flock of heritage breed sheep rotationally graze the pastures and the wool is used for a local fiber product line.  Her knowledge of sustainable farming systems and her commitment to working with local farmers and consumers  will be a great asset to the OAK community. As a member of the organic farming community in Kentucky since 1998, Robin is thrilled to share her experience, her passion and her expertise.

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Annie Woods

Research Coordinator

Annie is a diversified market gardener in Northern Kentucky, where she was born and raised. She grows vegetables for CSA members and restaurants in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area. She joined the OAK team as Research Coordinator to adapt and trial a farm sustainability assessment tool for use on Kentucky farms. Annie is excited to bring her skills as a farmer, but also her background in ecology, citizen science, land use management, and field research to this project.