About Us


Morganne K. Maher (Robin Mankey)

…is a second generation Californian. Her earliest memory of interacting with the earth was weeding in the backyard of her family home. (She still LOVES to weed!) She has been creating and maintaining backyard vegetable gardens since 1989.

From 1998 to 2005, she was “chief volunteer” and volunteer coordinator for the Hayfields Farm in Portola Valley (mostly focused on the lower one acre area and using “conventional” monocropping/ rototilling methods).

She attended 3 day Grow Biointensive class in Fall of 2003. Began a Grow Biointensive garden (approx. 100 sq. ft.) in July of 2004. She completed Grow Biointensive Teacher Training (Basic Level with John Jeavons) in the summer of 2005. She then developed a 500 sq. ft. garden using theses methods. She has volunteered numerous times at the Ecology Action Research Garden in Willits, working closely with the Garden Manager and numerous interns from all over the world.

Her passion for gardening and teaching has led her to working and teaching at various school gardens, most notably Rooftop Elementary School in San Francisco and John Gill School in Redwood City.

Robin is co-author of Ecology Action’s Booklet 34, entitled “Food for the Future, Now – A survival Garden Plan”, which is a guide to growing a complete diet from seeds.