Misty Amarena
Executive Director

Misty is an Idaho native who grew up at the base of the Grand Tetons in Driggs and is an alumni of University of Idaho.  Most recently working at the Moscow Food Co-op as their Education & Outreach Coordinator, Misty has put her Masters degree in education to work while growing to know and love many community members, farmers,  organizations, and student groups involved in strengthening our local and regional food systems. Having grown up in an area with limited support for those facing hunger, Misty is passionate about food access and believes everyone should be able to enjoy fresh, local, and healthy foods. 

In her free time you'll find Misty out hiking and exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Joe, and dog, Roo. She is excited to serve as the Executive Director and hopes to grow Backyard Harvest's reach and impact! 

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Cheyne Mayer
Americorps Member
Gleaning Coordinator

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, and is excited to learn more about the Palouse’s local and regional food systems and how Backyard Harvest can best collaborate within them to improve food access. He believes that everyone deserves access to healthy food, and is thrilled to be a part of reducing food waste to that end.

Cheyne has a degree in environmental studies from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina and brings three years’ agricultural experience working on his college’s 5-acre vegetable farm to the Backyard Harvest team. He finds great joy in working with plants, eating good food, and the invigoration that accompanies the desire to get better at something.

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Kayla Sanders
Lewis-Clark Valley Coordinator

Photo + bio coming soon!


Claire Smogoleski
Program Assistant

Photo + bio coming soon!

A BIG thank-you to 2018 our volunteers!!!