Simone Johnson

My name is Simone. 

Growing food, medicine, flowers, saving seeds and foraging with friends are all things I’m really interested in.  I also love dancing, traveling, getting outdoors and traversing various art worlds.

I was the Sanctuary as the Collard City Growers Garden Coordinator during the fall of 2019. I was excited to join the long line of folks who have created and tended to the garden spaces over the years! I relocated outside of Troy beginning in 2020.

Our activities change during each season.  If you know anyone in your network who might be able to help, please let us know!

If you have any questions about the garden and/or volunteering, please don’t hesitate to reach out to at [email protected]

Branda Miller

Branda Miller is the Arts & Education Coordinator at the Sanctuary.

She is dedicated to using art for achieving a more just and sustainable world.

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Alycia Bacon

Alycia Bacon first came to The Sanctuary in 2011 after finding a a brochure at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady.

Orginigally from Scottsdale, Arizona,  Alycia is now a resident of Troy and spends her days either working various jobs, continuing her education or building her freelance writing career as The Modern Scribe. Alycia is a gifted and passionate writer and photographer and hopes to travel the world. She also practices MMA fighting including Krav Maga and Muay Thai.’

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Jonathan Segol

Over his years volunteering at the Sanctuary, Jonathan has gradually directed his energies more and more into cooking; whether for pot lucks, visiting bands, or for folks working here during the week.  Besides the good vibes, hospitality, etc. he seems to be eating healthier too.

Making twice-baked potatoes this afternoon.  A surplus of potatoes this week.  And several folks coming through all afternoon. 1) Bake potatoes for one hour 2) Scoop out insides of potatoes  3) Mash them with spinach, Greek yogurt, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper  4) bake another 15-20 min.  5) We all eat comfort food.  

 

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Erica Krupp

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Mary Baldwin

Mary Baldwin brings humor to KitchenSanctuary! Mary has been a Nurse for many years.  Making people healthy through food is at the core of what she does.  She feels it is the best part of being a nurse: “You can light up people’s lives with food. It beats taking a pill. It’s the human connection that heals people.”

Mary is happy to be part of KitchenSanctuary, because “Food makes people happy, and feeding people makes me happy!!! The main ingredient in KitchenSanctuary is HUMOR and LOVE!” 

Check out this website “Food Safety at a Glance.”

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Jonah Vitale-Wolff

Jonah Vitale-Wolff is a member of the Soul Fire Farm and was a coordinator of “Food Justice Thursdays” during Uptown Summer ’13. He helped the community through a journey of concious, healthful, and inspirational eating throughout the summer at The Sanctuary. Jonah has interned at Live Power Farm in California and worked at various farms throughout New Zealand, Spain, and Central America through the WWOOF program (World Wid Opportunites on Organic Farms). Jonah coordinated the city-wide community gardens program in Worcester, MA with the Regional Environmental Council, and later started their Youth Growth. Jonah now runs the Hudson Valley Natural Building, a natural building and education business.

Soul Fire Farm is an organic, fair trade, family farm that produces healthy eggs, produce, and meats for diverse communities. The Soul Fire Farm is a place for different people throughout the community to learn and share skills on farming and forestry, and contribute ideas towards justice and sustainability.

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Abe Hmiel

Abe Hmiel is currently a Ph.D. student at The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Albany, creating simulations of chemical processes at nanoscale size scales. He enjoys playing music (with nine self-produced studio albums so far), running, riding bikes, cooking healthy vegan food, and creating a sustainable future. He had a leadership role in Albany Food not Bombs for five years and maintains regular contact with the group. Hmiel took a huge part in the “Found Food Wednesdays” during Uptown Summer ’13. This event provided lunches that were made largely from perfectly healthy, sanitary, and delicious food that would otherwise be thrown away into a landfill. Abe Hmiel helped feed our community and helped raise awareness about the millions of people that go hungry everday.

More Information about Food Not Bombs

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Janice Pride-Boone, MD

Janice Pride-Boone, MD is a pediatrician practicing for more than 25 years. She is a Harvard Graduate, who is also trained as a Marriage & Family Therapist, with a special interest in Pediatric Obesity. She has practiced in the Capital Region through the years of 1987 to 1995, has worked in locations such as New Jersey, Tennessee, and Louisiana, and is now currently practicing with Seton Health back in Troy & Clifton Park! Dr. Pride-Boone formed a non-profit, StrongMe!, about 10 years ago and continues to work with families throughout the nation to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity. StrongMe! is a 12 week Structured Family Weight Management Program. At the end of the program, 90% of participants experience a stabilization in their Body Mass Index, as well as develop new and healthy habits in their diets, like an increase of fruit and vegetable intake. Dr. Pride-Boone has been a big help this past summer with our Uptown Summer ’13 “Food Science and Safety Tuesdays” by giving knowledge to our community about safe, healthy, and afordable foods!!

More information on Dr. Pride-Boone

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Felisha Chandler

Felisha Chandler is the Nutrition Program Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County. She has educated clients on topics such as My Plate, Making the Most of Your Food Dollars, Using Food Labels, Food Safety, and Physical Fitness. Chandler was also a sous chef on the WMHT cooking show Farm to Table, throughout seasons 1 and 2. She graduated from Schenectady County Community College with two associate degrees, one in Culinary Arts A.O.S. and the other in Hotel Restaurant Management A.O.S. Chandler has also been the Hospitality Director at her church since 2001. As if Felisha’s plate isn’t full enough, she is the owner of a catering business, “Felisha’s Feast Catering.” Her motto is “Food is the variety of life!” Felisha has been a huge help to the Sanctuary with all of her knowledge on food and hospitality.


Nutrition Program for the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County Information

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Sharon Lastique

Sharon Lastique is a certified Holistic Health Coach. She helped out with the “Food Science and Safety Tuesdays” during Uptown Summer ’13. She was one of the coordinators that helped the community learn about shopping, preparing, and storing food safely. She even ran some Zumba classes to get the community moving!

Sharon was trained by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. There, she studied over 100 dietary theories and studied multiple ways to lead a healthy and and practical lifestyle.She is committed to anti-obesity education and creating healthy communities for families to thrive.

Sharon’s knowledge of health coaching helps the KitchenSanctuary community create and serve delicious, nutritious foods to the community which helped the public have a better understanding of healthy living. Sharon realizes that everyone is different and each individual needs their own plan for healthy living. She guides her clients in the direction that is best for them in their path to feeling great by using nutrtious foods.

Learn more about Sharon and her Healthy in a Hurry program!

 

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Nancy Weber

Nancy Weber is a gleaner, artist and the Volunteer Coordinator at the Sanctuary for Independent Media.  She creates sculpture and installations from found natural elements that many would consider worthless or at best, simply compostable. Nancy also loves to make kitchen magic. She sees preparing food as another way to make art with the Earth, with the added bonus that the results offer nourishment for the body as well as the spirit. As someone who once struggled in her relationship with food and her body, Nancy is interested in creating opportunities to develop healthy and playful connections with food. What better place for this exploration than Kitchen Sanctuary! We thank Nancy for all the hard work she has put into making the Kitchen Sanctuary a place for people to learn about the art of food!!

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Ellie Markovitch

Ellie Markovitch captures reflections on the roles of food in our lives, the impact of food on community, and explores people’s relationships with cooking and eating. Born in Brazil, Ellie is now living in Troy with her husband and two children. A camera and recipes are the tools she uses at all times to communicate with, and built community. Multimedia Storyteller Ellie Markovitch conceived StoryHarvest, and produces and curates the KitchenSanctuary cooking series featuring “Neighborhood Chef ” and “DIY Snackshops.” Ellie works part-time as the Educational Programs Coordinator for the Agricultural Stewardship Association and is an active member of Chefs Consortium, which is an organization that raises awareness of local food systems. Her blog, StoryCooking, is bases on the roles of food in our community, relationships, and overall everyday lives. Ellie graduated with an MFA from RPI in Electronic Arts. She is an important part of the Sanctuary for Independent Media because without her, the KitchenSanctuary would not be as successful as it is today. We thank Ellie for all the hard work she puts in everyday to help out our community with food and media!

 

 

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Ellie Markovitch captures reflections on the roles of food in our lives, the impact of food on community, and explore people’s relationships with cooking and eating. She carries a camera and recipes with her at all times—the tools she uses to communicate with, and build community.  Multimedia Storyteller Ellie Markovitch conceived StoryHarvest, and produces and curates the KitchenSanctuary cooking series featuring “Neighborhood Chef ” and“DIY Snackshops.” Check out Ellie’s “StoryCooking” website!

Nancy Weber is a gleaner, artist and the Volunteer Coordinator at the Sanctuary.   She creates sculpture and installations from found natural elements that many would consider worthless or at best, simply compostable.  Nancy also loves to make kitchen magic.  She sees preparing food as another way to make art with the Earth, with the added bonus that the results offer nourishment for the body as well as the spirit.  As someone who once struggled in her relationship with food and her body, Nancy is interested in creating opportunities to develop healthy and playful connections with food. What better place for this exploration than Kitchen Sanctuary!

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Youth Media Sanctuary:

Youth Media Sanctuary (YMS) is a community media arts peer-training project, designed to teach multimedia skills to young people in North Troy, NY, and to help develop urgently needed independent local voices in our economically devastated neighborhood. During the summer of ’12, they produced “DIY Snackshop” and “Neighborhood Chef,” two series dedicated to teaching nutricious cooking on a budget. Check these videos out for healthy cooking tips!