Digging in the dirt at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and Albany High School, the Vegetable Project is a collaborative effort of parents, faculty and other staff members and community partners that supports after-school and summertime Garden Clubs, mentoring, summer jobs for teens; presents classroom lessons; and brings families together for occasional weekend events. The Vegetable Project is a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit corporation.
Board of directors
A lifelong Albany resident, Greg Amodeo has been teaching science in Albany city schools for 28 years. He currently teaches anatomy and physiology and introduction to medical science at Albany High School. He holds a Ph.D. from the University at Albany in curriculum and instruction. A member of the Vegetable Project board since November 2017, he previously served on the board of the Dudley Observatory in Schenectady, the nation’s oldest non-academic organization dedicated to astronomical research.
Dan Curry joined the board in November 2017.
David Hopkins has served as counsel to the Vegetable Project since it incorporated in 2015.
Jeena Madden joined the board in March 2020.
Jennifer McErlean teaches courses such as environmental ethics and philosophy of education at Siena College. She supports the intergenerational and community approach of the Vegetable Project and has involved college students in its gardening and culinary efforts. A member of the board since the organization incorporated in 2015, she also serves on the steering committee of Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration.
Kevin Rockwood, a business education teacher at the Abrookin Career & Technical Center and Albany High School since 2007, joined the Vegetable Project board and became its treasurer in May 2020. He teaches a wide variety of business classes and works hard to link his classroom lessons to real-world skills and applications, including by hosting an accounting student intern, making the Vegetable Project a natural fit!
Timitra Rose, who says she did not appreciate a good tomato until planting her own garden at age 35, is assistant principal at Albany’s Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School. Timitra taught elementary school in Albany, worked in the private sector in New York City for 14 years and returned to New York’s capital city and its school district in 2015. She was assistant principal at West Hill Middle School and Myers Middle School before moving to O’Neal. She joined the Vegetable Project board in April 2020.
Bill Stoneman. Bill Stoneman started a garden program at Myers Middle School in 2009, when his daughter was an eighth grader there. The program grew into the Vegetable Project. Bill earned a master’s degree in teaching after many years in journalism.