Modoc Harvest is dedicated to helping all members of our community produce and enjoy as much local food as possible. We would love to have you be a part of our team!
Briana Schnelle, President – Briana and her husband, Steffen, relocated to Surprise Valley from Wisconsin in 2015 and have been slowly growing their garden and hobby farm since. As a Partner Biologist with Point Blue Conservation Science and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office in Alturas, she enjoys working with landowners and livestock producers in Modoc and Washoe Counties to further wildlife conservation through sustainable ranching. Her work focuses on greater sage-grouse habitat and restoring sagebrush-steppe ecosystems. She is excited about helping to support the working lands that produce healthy, local food to feed our communities.
Cathy Carlock, Vice-President– Cathy has lived in Cedarville for 29 years raising 2 daughters there. Bother herself and her husband, Steve, work for the Forest Service where Cathy is responsible for the reforestation programs on the Warner Mountain and Devil’s Garden Ranger Districts. Cathy is an organic gardener and has been gardening and preserving food since she was a young girl when it was necessary so you would have food in the winter months. “It’s in my blood!”
Kelly Crosby, Treasurer – Bio coming soon
Spencer Smith, Secretary – Spencer Smith is owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management with his wife, Abbey. He is a certified Holistic Management educator with the Savory Institute. He travels throughout Northern California and Nevada conducting Holistic Management workshops, courses, events and consultations. With a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from CSU, Chico and experience managing cow-calf and yearling herds in Northern California and Nevada, Spencer brings years of ranch management experience to the business. His joy in life is being the dad of Miss Maezy Smith and spending time hunting, hiking and Dutch-oven cooking with his family.
Dick Mackey, Director – Bio coming soon
Hunter Holding, Director – Hunter and his wife, Anne, have been in the grass-fed beef business for nearly 25 years and have been strong advocates of local, nutrient-dense food since the 90s. Prior to moving to the Surprise Valley, Hunter and Anne’s ranch in Siskiyou County provided a loyal customer base with a repertoire of offerings including eggs, beef, lamb, pork and chicken. In 2016, they sold their Siskiyou County ranch and moved to Lake City where they are making a new start – once again raising grass-fed beef. One of the things that attracted Hunter to Surprise Valley was the active local and organic food community. Hunter currently is the finance director at the Modoc County Road Department.
STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
Steffen Peterson, Executive Director, is a Surprise Valley resident and a biologist by trade. His work as a wildlife ecologist brought him and his wife, Bree, to the Valley in 2014 and the two quickly discovered the Surprise Valley Saturday Market not only as a place to procure local food but an opportunity to immerse themselves into the community. Steffen and Bree enjoy expanding and planning their garden and family hobby farm (currently chickens and honey bees). In his free time, Steffen enjoys hunting, hiking, cooking, and spending time with his daughter Genevieve.
Hannah Curcio, Food Hub Co-manager, is a mother, wife, farmer, and co-founder of the Surprise Valley Grown Food Hub. Hannah is excited about community interest in locally-available food products, and has enjoyed working closely with Surprise Valley Joint Unified School District to bring local products to school lunch trays in Surprise Valley. She sees the intersection of education, community involvement, and local food that the school lunch program provides, and believes that this is the epitome of what Modoc Harvest brings to the table.
Owen Segerstrom, Food Hub Co-manager and Education Coordinator, is a father, husband, farmer and lover of local food and watersheds. He lives on the east side of Surprise Valley and keeps busy developing, observing and nurturing his comprehensive family farm (pigs, ducks, goats, dairy cow, geese, two sons and two hoop houses for vegetable production). Owen believes locally-grown food and the education that surrounds it is fundamental to the vitality of a community.
Peter Richmond and Amanda Banks, Alturas Farmers Market Managers, Peter and Amanda met in Santa Cruz, CA in a backyard they had been landscaping for a client. Amanda was planning the flowers and Peter was overseeing the hardscape. Their love of working hard outdoors led them to search for a homestead where they could put down some roots and raise a family in a wholesome community. After a long search, they found what they were looking for in Alturas where Peter became an EMT for Modoc Medical Center and Amanda manages their 2 ½-year-old daughter on their dream homestead. ” We are thrilled to be managing the Alturas Farmers Market together as a family.”
Jenny Kapp, Farmers Market Program Manager and Education Coordinator, has a degree in biology from the University of South Florida and a background in conservation and restoration ecology. Since her graduation, Jenny has had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States following seasonal positions with the Federal Government, Universities and non-profits. Since moving to Surprise Valley three years ago she has had the delightful opportunity to become more involved in gardening and raising chickens with her family.
Kay Antunez de Mayola is the chair of the Heritage Fruit Tree Project. She lives with her husband Erik and grandson Sebastian in Eagleville and tends the large Oz (“O hanging Z”) Garden that produces flowers and vegetables that she sells at the Surprise Valley Saturday Market and through the Surprise Valley Grown Hub. Prior to “full time” gardening, she worked with thousands of California’s educators as the Project Learning Tree State Coordinator, an environmental education program sponsored by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Deb and Tom Clark are dedicated Modoc Harvest volunteers who have served countless hours for the Heritage Fruit Tree Project organizing the mapping and identification efforts required to discover, archive and preserve our historic fruit trees of Modoc County.
PAST MODOC HARVEST LEADERS & VISIONARIES:
Laurie Wayne is the founder and visionary of Modoc Harvest. She was the first Executive Director of the organization and continues to advise board members and staff with her extensive knowledge of local food systems. She was the founder of the Surprise Valley Grown Food Hub, has worked as the co-manager of the Surprise Valley Saturday Market, is a director on the Central Modoc Resource Conservation District, and was the curator for the Lexicon of Sustainability in Modoc County. She currently works for the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance in Bend, OR.
Leah Larsen is a former Executive Director of Modoc Harvest and a founder of the Surprise Valley Saturday Market. She has been involved in contributing to the local food scene as a producer and organizer since she and her husband, Brian, arrived in Surprise Valley in 2012. Leah and Brian, with their daughters Zella and Maya and parents Mike and Lindee Larsen, operate the multi-generational Bidwell Canyon Farm, providing fresh produce and eggs to families throughout Modoc County.