Our Team


 

Francine Loomiller, Co-Founder

Francine left a seventeen year career in the Financial Industry in 2009. Her long time passion for holistic childcare, whole food nutrition and sustainable living only intensified with the birth of her first child at home in 2003. She has completed numerous courses and extensive research on a wide range of topics from worm composting to homeopathy, in addition to completing the Master Gardner Program through OSU Extension and the Green Building Certificate Program through CSU, Denver.

Most recently, Francine completed the Permaculture Design Consultant Course with bestselling author, Toby Hemenway, followed by an Advanced Permaculture Design Intensive with Peter Bane and a Permaculture Teacher Training with Larry Santoyo and Scott Pittman. She serves as Co-chair for the Littleton Public School’s District Wellness Committee and has participated in Slow Food Denver’s Seed to Table school garden workshops for Sandburg Elementary since spring of 2010. Francine believes creating awareness around the importance of healthy soil and the joy of partnering with nature in growing edible landscapes is an essential place to start connecting students to whole food. She loves witnessing their surprise and excitement at discovering new, healthy, culinary pleasures that they themselves created, from compost to plate! This in turns fosters an appreciation of local, organic food production and a wonderful sense of community. School gardens actively engage students in a wide range of lessons, while nurturing mind, body and soul, providing an indispensable foundation for making healthy, gratifying choices for themselves and the planet. francine@schoolyardcrop.org

 

Kim Roth, Co-Founder

Healthy eating, cooking, gardening and teaching…these are a few of Kim’s favorite things.These are also activities that Kim loves to share with others, especially children. Kim has a Master’s degree in Nutritional Science and is a Registered Dietitian. Her focus is childhood obesity prevention. Her career has allowed her to develop cooking, nutrition and agriculture curriculum for children of all ages. Kim loves teaching and can’t decide which age group she likes best, as she has taught preschool, school age and college courses. She is passionate about teaching students that healthy soil and plants lead to healthy food, which results in healthy bodies. Kim also loves teaching about good nutrition and how to make good food choices. From personal experience, she knows it is much easier to develop healthy eating habits at an early age rather than try to break bad habits as an adult. For this reason, she believes it is important to introduce children to healthy foods in a creative way.

Kim is also enthusiastic about the idea of allowing children to cook in the kitchen. She feels that when children contribute to the meal-time preparation they are more likely to explore different tastes, textures and colors. Cooking gives children a sense of pride over the food they have created and allows them to become excited about, and more willing to try, healthy food. kim@schoolyardcrop.org