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Pacific Garden Program
209.932.3189
RobbGarden@pacific.edu
Communication Building, Room 4
Dr. Patty A. Gray
Garden Program Director
FACILITIES
1050 Brookside Road
Stockton, CA 95211
pgray@pacific.edu

Who's in the Garden?

Garden Program Director

Garden Bio Dr. Patty A. Gray joined Pacific as Garden Program Director in July 2016. She has a PhD in Anthropology and is a Certified UC Master Gardener in San Joaquin County. Although her academic career took her to Russia, Germany, Alaska and Ireland, Dr. Gray has deep roots in California's Central Valley, having first moved to Sacramento in 1969. You can learn more about her background at patty-gray.com.

2017-18 Student Interns

The Pacific Garden Program on the Stockton campus has only one full-time, permanent staff member. The rest of the workforce is made up of students - and what a force they are. In the 2017-18 academic year, the Pacific Garden Program has been in a foundational phase of building up critical program components, and our Student Interns have played a significant role in shaping it. Students working in the program office have helped create basic infrastructure for budget tracking, outreach and promotion, and for the smooth running of our Farmers Markets. Students working in the Robb Garden have helped to design garden beds, re-engineer our drip irrigation system to work more efficiently, and maintain a composting system that has produced beautifully rich organic matter for feeding our garden beds. Pacific Garden Program Student Interns ROCK!

Garden Bio

Laura Navarro, Garden Planning & Planting Lead

This is Laura's second year in the Robb Garden, after getting trained over the summer at Ecology Action. When it comes to Robb Garden produce, if you're eating it, Laura planted it!

  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Castro Valley, CA
  • Major: Environmental Science
  • Why this job? I enjoy working in the garden because I like to see the interactions between plants and insects as well as see how the garden facilitates life. 
Garden Bio

Valeriy Shiplov, Irrigation & Technical Lead

This is Valeriy's second year in the garden. He has a talent for innovative configurations of drip irrigation. He's also President of the Robb Garden Club.

  • Graduation year: 2020
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Major: Pre-Pharmacy 3+3 program
  • Why this job? Working in the Robb Garden allows me to be outside and has taught me how to grow my own produce.
Garden Bio

Kripesh Pokhrel, Composting Lead

Sometimes we call him the Compost King. Kripesh is helping us create our own home-grown compost in the Robb Garden for the first time.

  • Graduation year: 2021
  • Hometown: Sacramento, CA
  • Major: Environmental Engineering 
  • Why this job? It is a time when I get to connect with nature while at the same time I am helping the environment.
Garden Bio

       

Dabbi Alsuhaymi, Farmers Market Lead

Dabbi teaches us Saudi names for Robb Garden produce during our Wednesday morning harvest parties. We can never remember them.

  • Graduation year: 2017
  • Hometown: Sacramento, CA
  • Major: Civil Engineering; Minor: Japanese
  • Why this job? I spent a summer volunteering with an urban farming organization in Oakland and discovered how therapeutic gardening is. I figured working in Pacific's Robb Garden would be a nice stress reliever.
Bio Garden

Becca Panarra, Outreach & Communications

Becca is our website whiz, and she can whip up a mean flyer as well. She has a creative eye for event planning, and is an all-around problem solver for the Pacific Garden Program.

  • Graduation year: 2018
  • Hometown: Turlock, CA
  • Major: Communications; Minor: Pre-law
  • Why this job? I enjoy working for the Robb Garden because it give me an opportunity outside the classroom to grow my education, while I watch things grow.
Garden Bio

 

Alaya Hubbard, Outreach & Communications 

Alaya is our social media maven, a whirlwind of perpetual motion. She's also sprucing up our herb spiral in the Robb Garden (fitting that a whirlwind would spruce up a spiral), and has a passion for cooking with Robb Garden produce.

  • Graduation year: 2020
  • Hometown: Turlock, CA
  • Major: Business Administration; Minor: Marketing
  • Why this job? This is my first time that I have ever had the opportunity to do work of this kind. I also like working in the Robb Garden because I get to learn something new about food everyday. 
Garden Bio

Harmen Kaur, Administrative Intern

Harmen's skill with an Excel spreadsheet is a bit scary. She's providing invaluable assistance with budgeting for the program.

  • Graduation year: 2021
  • Hometown: San Jose, CA
  • Major: Business Accounting; Minor: Economic
  • Why this job? I like working in the Robb Garden Because it is the closest to an outdoor experience that is right out my door. I like the satisfaction of seeing something grow  and then be used/eaten.
Garden Bio

Ahmed Othman, Administrative Intern 

Ahmed brings a sharp business acumen to the Pacific Garden Program, and helps us keep our finances in order.

  • Graduation year: 2020
  • Hometown: Manteca, CA
  • Major: Business Law; Minor: Pre-law
  • Why this job? Working for the Pacific Garden Program has provided me with a group of people who I enjoy learning and working with. 

 

2016-17 Student Garden Coordinators

       Cheyanne Harris works in the Robb Garden

Cheyanne Harris

"I thoroughly enjoyed working in the Robb Garden during my final year at Pacific. I liked the variety in the job: planting seeds, harvesting produce, or tabling at on-campus events. Because of my limited gardening experience prior to working in the garden, I learned a lot on the job. During an extremely stressful year, working in the garden was a therapeutic activity for me.

"Although it did not directly correlate with my Civil Engineering major, working in the garden inspired me to determine how to combine my interests. As I progress into my career as a Civil Engineer, I am hoping to get involved with a community garden or urban farming organization.

"The Robb Garden underwent many changes during my time at Pacific and I'm excited to see how it will continue to evolve. I would highly encourage all Pacific students to get involved by volunteering, working, or taking a stroll through the Robb Garden"

  • Graduation year: 2017
  • Hometown: Sacramento, CA
  • Major: Civil Engineering; Minor: Japanese
  • Why work in the garden? I spent a summer volunteering with an urban farming organization in Oakland and discovered how therapeutic gardening is. I figured working in Pacific's garden would be a nice stress reliever.

Shannon Lucas (Vice-President, Robb Garden Club)

Shannon specializes as our Outreach Coordinator, and was key in reviving the Robb Garden Club.

  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Modesto, CA
  • Major: Speech-Language Pathology
  • Why work in the garden? I love spending time in nature. I also want to learn an abundance of information about organic gardening.

Laura Navarro in her garden quadrant

Laura Navarro

Laura is our artisan in soil, digging picture-perfect garden beds.

  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Castro Valley, CA
  • Major: Environmental Science
  • Why work in the garden? The garden is amazing! I love working with the plants and helping everything grow.

Sam Salas

Sam stewards the strawberry patch, and has a key eye for interesting garden insects.

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Pleasant Hill, CA
  • Major: Engineering Physics
  • Why work in the garden? I really wanted to be outside a little more and the garden is a really calming and enjoyable environment that I enjoy working in. 

Valeriy Shipilov works in the Robb Garden

Valeriy Shipilov (President, Robb Garden Club)

Valeriy is finding the green thumb he never knew he had...

  • Graduation year: 2022.
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Major: Pre-Pharmacy (3+3)
  • Why work in the garden? I joined the garden program to learn about gardening and learn how to do so, and to gain work experience as it is my first job. 

Past Student Garden Coordinators

Ethan Castro, Coordinator of Marketing and Business Ethan Castro
  • Graduates 2017
  • Role: Past Garden Marketing and Business Coordinator
  • From Claremont, California
  • Major: Music Management
  • He has built planter boxes, grown artichokes, and even installed a sprinkler system

Jessica Robertson, Coordinator of Education and Garden Training
Jessica Robertson
  • Graduates 2017
  • Role: Past Garden Training and Education Coordinator
  • From Torrance, California
  • Major: Environmental Studies
  • Volunteered at a marsh preserve with the task of maintaining the grounds and also spends a month every summer as a camp counselor for Pilgrim Pines camp

Nainesh Taylor, Coordinator of Planting and Grounds
Nainesh Tailor
  • Graduated 2015
  • Role: Past Garden Planting and Grounds Coordinator
  • From Orlando, Florida
  • Major: Pre-Dental (2+3)
  • Has gardened with his family all of his life, and has grown chilis and Japanese plums in his yard back home


Past Research Students supervised by Dr. Mark Brunnell (listed in alphabetical order)


Matt Bertken
  • Graduated 2015
  • From San Mateo, California 
  • Major: Environmental Sciences
  • Interest stemmed from mother's garden and fascination with the outdoors. Dr. Brunell's California Flora course sealed the deal to work in the garden.
       


Megan Fong
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Sunnyvale, California 
  • Major: Pre-Dental (3+3)
  • Ate her whole parents' garden when she was a child

Daniel Na

Kevin Ha
  • Graduated 2016
  • From Elk Grove, CA
  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Likes throwing snails outside the garden so they do not eat the crops.

Ariadna Hernandez

Ariadna Hernandez
  • Graduated 2014
  • From Stockton, California
  • Major: Environmental Sciences
  • Has been working in the Robb Garden as a research student since 2012 and was inspired to begin volunteering after taking Dr. Mark Brunell's California Flora course her junior year

 

Crystal Lee
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Diamond Bar, California 
  • Major: Pre-Dental (3+3)
  • Loves sunflowers a lot and wants to eventually learn how to have a whole garden of them

 

Emily Marien
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Pacific Grove, California 
  • Major: Pre-Pharmacy and Biology
  • Loves seeing small seeds grow into something beautiful


Traci Mori

Traci Mori
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Fremont, California 
  • Major: Pre-Pharmacy and Biology
  • Favorite part about gardening is watching the plants grow


Daniel Na
Daniel Na 
  • Graduated 2014
  • From Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Major: Pre-Dentistry
  • Loves learning about the complex planning that goes on behind a garden. For example, you cannot plant tall plants eastward of smaller ones and you never want to plant fancy-looking gourds too close to the fence because people will jump over and steal your precious vegetables.


So Park

So Park
  • Year Graduated 2014
  • From Korea
  • Major: Pre-Dentistry
  • Favorite part about gardening is how she could harvest the fruit they had grown!

Morgan Sato
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Sacramento, California 
  • Major: Pre-Pharmacy (3+3)
  • Gardens with her mom in the backyard to try to work on fear of bugs

Daniel Na

Yunsik Sung
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Korea
  • Major: Pre-Dentistry
  • One of my favorite parts of gardening was getting to taste the harvest :)

Yun-Hsuan Wu
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Modesto, California 
  • Major: Pre-Dental
  • Family has a farm and her mom loves to plant different things