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!
Gloria Marchant, President: Gloria is a retired elementary teacher (BFA, CCAC, Teacher Training, CSUH, MA, SFSU). She helped establish the Port Costa Conservation Society, a 501(c)(3) land trust, in the early 1980’s and served on the Board of Directors several times before moving to Surprive Valley in 2012. She is passionate about cooking and has discovered that Surprise Valley is a great place for a home garden. She values the security of knowing where her food comes from and she know that local food tastes better too.
Paula Sam, Vice-President: Paula is from the Fort Bidwell Indian Reservation and was born in Alturas, CA. She is Vice Chair of the Fort Bidwell Indian Community Council. She left Fort Bidwell in 1965 to live and work in Los Angeles, Tulare, and Bishop, and returned when she retired in 2011. In the early 1900’s her grandmother and grandfather resided on the Fort Bidwell Indian Reservation, where most residents grew robust gardens, raised dairy cows, and managed a hog farm, supplying the Indian Boarding School and Indian Hospital with dairy products, fresh garden produce, and pork. Paula has always been interested in gardening, which led to her support of Modoc Harvest.
Tanya Schulz, Secretary: Tanya is a Supervising Public Health Nurse at the Modoc County Public Health Department. She is the Maternal Child Adolescent Health Director and the Child Health and Disability Prevention Deputy Director. She also serves as Perinatal Services Coordinator, Breastfeeding Coordinator, and Immunization Coordinator. Born and raised in Surprise Valley, Tanya values healthy living and healthy eating. Gardening has always been a part of Tanya’s life, and she and her husband, David, continue to carry on that tradition with their two children. She enjoys being a part of Modoc Harvest’s effort to get more families involved in eating healthier, less processed foods.
Spencer Smith, Treasurer – 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.
Hunter Current, Director – Originally focused in private equity real estate as an investment analyst, Hunter Current made the unlikely transition to the world of agronomy and animal husbandry. While the world of high finance accompanies a degree of industry ambiguity, there is an arduous learning curve for producers in agriculture that Hunter attempts to cultivate with each new season. Along the journey, He hopes to reconcile rural community with the metropolitan culture through connection (and reconnection) to healthy, holistic foods.
Briana Schnelle, Director – 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, Director – Cathy has lived in Cedarville for 29 years raising 2 daughters there. Both 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!”
STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
Leah Larsen, a founder of the Surprise Valley Saturday Market, now heads up Modoc Certified Farmers Markets. 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.
Hannah Curcio 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, 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.
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 has worked with community gardens for 20 years, and was recently part of the GROW Healthy Kids and Communities team at Oregon State University Extension, investigating and measuring the impact of environmental features and access to nutrition and exercise on rural childhood obesity.
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.
Sydna Kennedy is a social media intern for Modoc Harvest. She lives in Lake City and is a 9th-grade student at Surprise Valley High School. She likes to read, write, and make videos. She was the reporter for Surprise Valley 4-H for two terms. She developed the Surprise Valley Saturday Market kids’ reading group in 2014, to which she brings new books, plus her endless enthusiasm. She likes interacting with the locals and updating them on current events, and creatively reporting on the many Modoc Harvest activities and programs.