After the departure of two long-serving staff members last fall, Food Moxie is thrilled to welcome two new ones: Farm and Garden Manager Brandon Ritter and Office Manager Julia Lemyre.
Brandon is an urban farmer, educator and community leader. He began gardening with his grandmother at age 6 and started farming at age 12. A graduate of Saul High School, Brandon has turned his early years spent learning about food and food systems into a promising career. After working with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program and Isles Inc. in Trenton, NJ, Brandon is excited to be overseeing garden planning, logistics and implementation at Food Moxie’s farm sites, and also taking the lead with the pre-teen Garden Club program at Stenton Family Manor.
Julia has a degree in fine arts from the University of the Arts. Starting her own organic garden and becoming a novice beekeeper completely changed the way she thought about food. So when she learned of the office manager opening at Food Moxie, she knew it was the perfect opportunity — combining her passions for sustainability, health and community with her experience in bookkeeping and office management. Julia believes that growing food provides a direct, sacred connection to the earth, and that sharing food creates a strong community.
If you see Brandon (left below) or Julia (right, in her beekeeper duds) around the Co-op or our offices at 608 Carpenter Lane, be sure to say hi!