Staff members

Ben Goodrich, Executive Director

​From cooking to growing, to delivery and stocking shelves, Ben has vast experience in food production. He is passionate about all aspects of our food systems as well as soil conservation, drought resiliency, and supporting the next generation of food producers. He enjoys long walks, the annual crop of cut flowers, pumpkins, and watching the seasonal change in the gardens.

Previously as Production manager, Ben focused on improving the yield and quality of our school garden grown produce and building additional garden sites. In 2020 he helped transition the project to it's own 501(3)(c) and work closely with staff and community members to begin the next chapter of MSTFP. 

As Executive Director, Ben is looking forward to continue working closely with staff and community partners to maintain a high level of programs, distributing exceptional fruits and vegetables, teaching the importance of soil health and water conservation, all while providing enjoyable hands-on opportunities to students, teachers, and community members.

Sorrell Redford, Education Director

Sorrell started at MSTFP in August 2021 and is excited to begin her journey as the Education Director. Sorrell has over ten years of teaching experience in private schools, public schools, preschools, and environmental education centers.


Sorrell has always been passionate about nature and studied Natural Resources Management with a concentration in Environmental Communication at Colorado State University. She returned to graduate school and gained a Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver. The combination of education and environmental stewardship is what first drew her to MSTFP.


She believes the school gardens are an asset to the school communities and she hopes to use her skills to inspire and educate the Americorps service members and garden coordinators while strengthening relationships amongst all stakeholders in the community. 


Sorrell was born and raised in Norwich, England. She moved to Colorado in 2007 and it has become home. She lives in Mancos with her husband and two dogs. In spring and fall, she enjoys rock climbing and gardening. In summer she enjoys paddle boarding and hiking in the La Platas and in winter she skis at Purgatory and beyond.

AmeriCorps Service Members


Melissa Saye,
AmeriCorps VISTA

From seed to plate, Melissa has worked with regional farms + gardens + ranches to learn more about (high altitude) food cultivation, homesteading skills  & sustainable practice. She is excited to unleash her talents, learn new skills to cultivate relationships  & build capacity while creating lasting impact. Looking onward, Melissa now seeks to apply her multifaceted skill set in nonprofit management, fund  development, volunteer engagement, collaboration and business development. 


Lizzie Powers,
AmeriCorps Direct Service

Lizzie is originally from Massachusetts, and decided to join AmeriCorps and more specifically the Montezuma School To Farm Project due to her love for the environment and wanting to help others.


Matt Schudlik,
AmeriCorps Direct Service

Matt  can’t wait to meet all the new people of Colorado and get to know them! He’s looking forward to teaching the kids about growing and can’t wait to start the new year in AmeriCorps! 


Connor Hollis,
AmeriCorps Direct Service

Connor, from Broomfield, CO, brings his background in environmental science. He is looking forward to sharing his advocacy for youth through working with local communities to increase environmental awareness and creativity skills.


Sophia, Anderson 
AmeriCorps Direct Service



Daniel Eacrett, 
AmeriCorps Direct Service

Daniel moved to Colorado from Central Texas. He is passionate about agriculture, education, and giving back to the community. He hopes to learn many new skills and make new friendships during his time with the program.

Board of Directors