Our Staff

Andrea Rowe – Community Garden Program Manager

Andrea has been with the Halton Food Council for 3 growing seasons, since 2016. She works throughout Halton Region, as well as with the Halton Environmental Network, Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel as a Garden Facilitator who works with Faith Based Organizations to help them reduce their environmental impact. Andrea also works full time raising her two boys! She chose to work with the HFC after volunteering with garden based programming in schools, teaching the miracle of seed starting. Her favourite part of working with the HFC is talking to kids about their favourite things to grow and do in the garden.

Alyson Baker – Education and Community Garden Coordinator

Alyson Baker (nee Prokop) joined Halton Food Council this May as the newest member of the garden dream team. As a trained field botanist and plant pathologist, Alyson has worked in community gardens and urban agriculture for over 10 years. With a strong background in both research and education she has facilitated international research trials on edible crops such as cacao, coffee and bananas, lectured at universities and colleges, and presented at international conferences developing a rich career as a botanical instructor and urban agriculture / community garden coordinator. With emphasis on improving food security initiatives in at-risk communities, she is best known for her hands-on garden workshops and children's gardening programs ensuring everyone learns how to grow and have access to fresh nutritious food. You will often see Alyson with compost-encrusted hair, mud on her face, and always, with a cup of tea in hand.

Nicknames: pbiogal / garden yoda

Helen Stephenson – Garden Instructor, Oakville

Helen Stephenson oversees the programming and gardens at our Oakville locations. She has been with HFC for just over one year with a passion for gardening and for teaching children, and provides her with a wonderful opportunity to join the two. Her favourite part of her work is when kids tell her how much better tasting homegrown vegetables are than store bought. Helen also teaches a junior gardening program through the Oakville Horticultural Society. Her hands are constantly dirty - but she wouldn’t have it any other way! In the off season Helen teaches curling to kids, adults and anyone else who wants to learn.

Michelle Bohanec – Garden Instructor, Burlington

Michelle is a long time nature and gardening enthusiast who has joined the HFC team as a community garden program instructor in Burlington. Not only is she excited about spreading her passion for gardening and environmental stewardship, but this self proclaimed “foodie” also has a mission to get kids and adults excited about the flavours of fresh, local and nutritious food!