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Anne Zabala | Executive Director | director@backyardharvest.org

Anne grew up in Middleton, Idaho and moved to Moscow to attend the University of Idaho, where she received a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, combining English, Organizational Science, and Graphic Design.

Before joining the Backyard Harvest team, she worked in Advancement at U of I overseeing student philanthropy and the university’s crowdfunding platform U&I Give. Anne is also currently serving a two-year term on the Moscow City Council. As a student and volunteer, she has worked around issues involving education funding, healthcare, housing insecurity, and voting rights and is excited to work with new regional partners to address food insecurity.


Paul Busch | Volunteer & Events Coordinator | volunteercoordinator@backyardharvest.org

Paul is a recent graduate from the University of Idaho, where he received a B.S. in Business Marketing. Originally from Idaho Falls, he moved to Moscow for college and stayed for the welcoming and creative community.

At Backyard Harvest, Paul focuses his marketing talents on connecting and teaching volunteers, and is an active member of the Moscow Nonviolent Communication (NVC), birding, and film-making communities of the Palouse. You can contact him for gleaning opportunities or to brag about rare birds you've seen.

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Cheyne Mayer | AmeriCorps Member - Gleaning Coordinator gleaningcoordinator@backyardharvest.org

Cheyne is a full-time AmeriCorps member who assists with gleaning and distribution. Cheyne had lived on the Palouse for a year before joining the Backyard Harvest team in 2017. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Moscow Food Co-op.

Cheyne has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College, NC, and brings three years of agricultural experience working on his college’s five-acre vegetable farm. He finds great joy in working with plants, eating good food, and reveling in beautiful nature spots.


Angela Nelson | Lewis-Clark Valley Coordinator | lcvalleycoordinator@backyardharvest.org

Angela moved to the valley with her husband and 5 children just over a year ago. She has two college sons at BYU-I and three at home. She loves to grow fruits and veggies. She has planted fig, elderberry, jostaberry, apple, guava, lime, mandarin orange, mulberry, nectarine, pear, blueberry, blackberry, grape, strawberries and over 100 raspeberry plants/trees to add to the existing cherry trees at her home, Her favorite vegetables to grow in the garden are tomatoes, tomatillos and peas. Angela has been a rock star volunteer with Backyard Harvest and is excited to expand our presence in the LC Valley, increasing the number of pounds we distribute there, strengthening our relationships with our nonprofit and other partners, and growing the number of sites we distribute to.

A BIG thank-you to ALL our volunteers!!!