Our Team

Shawna Beese 

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Shawna Beese graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Gonzaga University.  She went on later to earn a Masters in Business Administration.  Currently, she is a PhD student researcher at Washington State University.

Passionate to discover how independent neighborhoods and towns can build Healthy Communities, Shawna created a venture she could use to bridge theory into practice.

Kristi Kimmet

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Kristi Kimmet serves Fruit Hill Farm in multiple capacities.  In fact, our 2019 nursery stock was nurtured in her greenhouse!

A graduate of Eastern Washington University, Kristi is now retired from her work as a field biologist and researcher.  Kristi has over 2 decades of ethnobotany experience.  She serves in the roles of advisory board member, and nursery & garden specialist.

Scott Grorud

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Scott Grorud retired from the United States Air Force as a senior master sergeant.  He went on to graduate from Washington State University with a Bachelors of the Science of Nursing and has 15 years of healthcare management experience.  At Fruit Hill Farm, he specializes in animal husbandry and manages our Backyard Animals program.

Zach B.

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Zach is our youngest advisory board member.  He brings to our team over seven years of Farmer’s Market experience and one year of greenhouse experience.  During the summer he is a nursery & garden specialist.