Colleen Trout has an extensive background in non-profits and worked in a variety of capacities. Serving as the Education Coordinator at EcoAction Partners for four years, she organized Green Business Roundtables, green tours (forest health, solar homes, etc.) and sustainability education in schools. Prior to that, she led the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP) as Executive Director for 13 years. Trout achieved an MA in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University in 2018.
Trout also works for Telluride Ski & Golf Co. during the winter (part-time) and has taught skiing for 40 years to students of all ages, abilities and disabilities. She is passionate about climate impacts on local food, the ski industry and outdoor recreation in mountain communities whose economies are tourism based, as well as the impacts on downstream communities particularly agriculture and ranching communities.
During the summer she is an avid hiker, biker, high altitude gardener and forest and wildflower enthusiast.
Christine joined our team in August as Office Manager and brings with her 15 years of Administrative Office experience as well as a farming and gardening background. She and her husband moved to Colorado from the Hudson Valley region of upstate NY in 2016 to explore the western side of the United States. Christine enjoys gardening, hiking, cooking and learning about food, health and nature.
Favorite Fruit: Blackberries
Favorite Vegetable: Beets
Montrose Farmers' Market Manager
Eva studied Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz and worked for several small organic farms. She ran the Demeter Seed Library and worked for a nonprofit called Homeless Garden Project throughout her time in college. Her interests lie in the intersection of ecology and social justice in food production. In her free time she enjoys hiking, climbing, making pottery, painting, and chasing birds.
Favorite fruit: Figs
Favorite vegetable: Artichokes
Health Equity Coordinator
Abbie serves as the Coordinator for the Growing Healthy Communities Coalition and the Health Equity Advocacy Team. Abbie began her career in local food as the Montrose Farmers Market Manager, implemented the Local Farmacy Rx program, and expanded the effort to create school garden in Montrose. During Abbie’s extensive non-profit experience she has fostered collaboration between numerous community organizations. Abbie enjoys rafting adventures, the opportunity to spend time discovering nature with her children, cooking a new recipe and especially looks forward to photographing the blooming fields of sunflowers and buzzing bees near her home in Olathe.
Favorite fruit: Apples
Favorite vegetable: White turnips
Local Farmacy Rx Program Director
Rose moved to Montrose from her hometown of Portland, OR and has been getting to know the Western Slope through hiking, knitting, spending many mornings at the Farmer’s Market, and generally looking for ways to keep her toddler busy. Rose has a degree in Botany, background in environmental education, and worked with University of Minnesota Extension and Oregon State University Extension in Forestry, natural resource, and sustainability outreach and education. While living in Crookston, Minnesota she worked with local Public Health and City partners to grow the local community garden and start a “One Vegetable One Community” challenge. Rose’s greatest joy comes from being an active member of a thriving and resilient community!
Favorite fruit: Bing cherries
Favorite vegetable: Brussels sprouts
Food Security Coordinator
Sammie believes that growing, preparing, and serving food is one of the most human ways we can connect to each other. After studying food sustainability in Perugia Italy she pursued her interest in food security and food system sustainability through her campus community farm. In 2019 she earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Sammie enjoys going to the beach, rowing, embroidery, and picking up new hobbies.
Favorite fruit: Peach
Favorite vegetable: Onions