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! 


Laura Antrim Caskey
Americorps Member

Antrim joins us as a part-time Americorps member. She is thrilled to be a part of community food work in Moscow with Backyard Harvest! Antrim will assist in gleaning and distribution. She studies at the University of Idaho where she hopes to earn her credentials as a Registered Dietitian (RD).

During the previously decades, Antrim has traveled the world as a freelance photojournalist. Her work has focused on community and social justice issues from Appalachia to Afghanistan to Antarctica. Caskey’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Museum of Modern Art.

Sean Chenowith
Americorps Member

Sean is the son of Robert and Candace Chenoweth, and has lived in Moscow since the second grade. Sean attended UC Santa Barbara to study physics, but felt like Moscow was home and returned to study at the University of Idaho with a shift to biology. Biology lead to an interest in nutrition, which lead to an interest in food systems. One day during a conversation with a friend from high school about food waste and the health benefits of eating plants, Sean learned about Backyard Harvest as an organization that gathers excess fruit and vegetables from the community and brings them to distribution sites like food banks, senior meal centers and elementary schools. Sean started as a volunteer, but was quickly added on as a staff member through the Americorps program. 

Sean shares that, "It is both rewarding and fulfilling to glean apples from some generous person's backyard tree and then give them away for free to people who might not have access to fresh apples otherwise. So far, it is the best job I have ever had with the best coworkers you could ask for." 


Phillip Shriver
LC Valley Coordinator 

Phillip has most recently worked for Pacific Steel and Recycling in Lewiston and held a position of Ignitor at the branch which meant he was in charge of working with employees to inspire and motivate them to be better employees and have community involvement. During his time with Pacific he also helped the company partner with organizations such as the Beautiful Downtown Lewiston and served for a time on the “Help Rebuild Emerich Park” Committee.  Phillip graduated from Lewis-Clark State College with a Business Administration degree in 2003.

During the past few years he has been involved with the LC Valley Chamber of Commerce as a volunteer with the Ambassador Committee during which he served as Co-Chair for the committee for 2 years.  His love of the LC Valley has driven the passion and longing to help this community.  Although he is new to the position with Backyard Harvest, he hopes this will be another opportunity to bring volunteers together to make the LC Valley an exceptional place to live and raise families.

A BIG thank-you to 2016 our volunteers!!!