The LocalHarvest Team
Guillermo Payet: President, Engineer
Guillermo started his technical career as a typewriter repairman for IBM in Lima, Peru in the early 1980s. He quickly became a systems engineer, staying with IBM until immigrating to the U.S. in 1991. After earning a degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University, Guillermo founded a small software development company called Ocean Group in 1996. Looking for a pro bono project that would allow Ocean Group engineers to develop their interactive mapping and search engine development skills, while also benefiting the local organic farming community they admired, Guillermo and his team created LocalHarvest, which launched in 2000. LocalHarvest later became its own company. LocalHarvest is a sustainable, employee-owned business dedicated to building tools that make the Internet work for farmers and everyone looking for good food. Guillermo is the main architect of CSAware, which launched in 2009.
Guillermo lives in Santa Cruz, CA with his wife and their two young children. In his limited free time, he likes to host dinner parties, run, and play in the ocean.
John Gethoefer: Vice President of Technology
John got his first exposure to farming as child, helping to cultivate his grandmother’s subsistence plot. Years and a college education later, John continues the tradition by maintaining a permaculture-influenced garden while pursuing his career as a software and Internet technologist. Before joining LocalHarvest, John worked in software development for various Fortune 100 companies and, combining his interest in technology and his passion for ecological sustainability, founded a solar-powered Internet company, which was later acquired. Having held both technical and executive management positions, John brings a breadth of knowledge to his current position with LocalHarvest as Vice President of Technology.
Residing in Portland, OR, John stays in close proximity with organic farms and supports his local food system.
Kerry Glendening: LocalHarvest Site Coordinator
Kerry is a graduate of the UCSC Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture program, where she later served as propagation manager. Kerry also worked in organic farm certification services at California Certified Organic Farmers. She came to LocalHarvest as its webmaster in 2006, and has since made herself utterly indispensable. Kerry currently serves as manager of both the LocalHarvest directory and its catalog, where her exceptional communication and problem solving skills are put to good use.
Kerry lives in Santa Cruz, CA, where she enjoys running, biking, the outdoors, creative cooking and growing her garden.
Erin Barnett: Director
Erin’s commitment to family farming and local food began twenty years ago in college when she studied the possibility of local farmers feeding the student body. She has been working to help small farms thrive for most of the two decades since. In 1999 Erin helped found and set the course for LocalHarvest. After taking a hiatus in 2001, she returned to LocalHarvest eight years ago and now wears many hats for both LocalHarvest and CSAware including communications, partnerships, and business development.
Erin lives in Northfield, MN with her husband and daughter, with whom she loves to walk in the woods and garden.
Angel Dobrow: CSAware Account Manager
Angel Dobrow joined LocalHarvest in 2010. As a dedicated local food organizer and a partner in a farm near Northfield, MN, Angel has considerable experience working with CSAs and their memberships. Through her prior work in public corporate accounting and her own tax preparation and accounting service, Angel also brings to her CSAware clients an understanding of the business side of farming.
Of her work with LocalHarvest, Angel says, “I appreciate the chance to be doing what I consider ‘the good work’ — connecting farmers to eaters, connecting eaters to quality food.”
Liz Young: CSAware Account Manager
Liz joined LocalHarvest as a CSAware Account Manager in 2012 and “couldn’t be more thrilled to work with a wonderful team of folks dedicated to help strengthen and grow local food communities.” Her experience in farming and the local food movement is diverse and hands-on. After graduating from Texas State University with degrees in Plant Biology and Physical Geography, Liz became the proud co-owner of a small pecan farm in Central Texas, where she learned the ways of farming first hand. Later she moved to California to become the CSA Manager for Eatwell Farm, a large year-round farm in the Sacramento Valley, where she was mentored by farmer Nigel Walker. A lover of the farmers’ market, Liz continues to take part in the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s market, talking to the public and keeping connected with the local farmers in the region.