Pollinator Project Rogue Valley is directed by an all-volunteer board.
We joined together to promote the health of pollinators and people
- for our food systems and ecosystems - in our communities and beyond.
Working together, we can save our pollinators.
Cara Cruickshank earned a Master Degree in Environment and Community from Antioch University and has been an environmental educator for 20 years. While living In Washington state, Cara co-founded EcoSolutions, the Natural Landscapes Project, and Oysters for Salmon, working on water quality and pollution prevention. She loves teaching and working with children, and runs a nature camp during the summer.
Among other projects in Southern Oregon, she was active in the anti-GMO campaign, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, the Community Rights movement, and helped design the Stream Smart website for the Bear Creek Watershed Council. She is passionate about organic gardening and the reduction of pesticides, herbicides and industrial fertilizers.
Cara is a co-founder of Pollinator Project Rogue Valley and serves as Vice-President.
Dolly is deeply involved in environmental and pollinator health issues. Dolly Warden often helped her father with the beehives when she was a young girl, and she is a member of the Oregon State Beekeepers Association. Dolly is a graduate the College of the Melissae. She began the Bee City USA "movement" in the Rogue Valley, initiating Talent as the second Bee City USA in the universe!
She received her Masters Degree in Library Science at Kent State, later earning her Master of Divinity Degree, paralegal certification, and a Certification in Permaculture. She has also worked in human services, founding the Initiative for Trafficking Survivors in Dallas, and has founded and worked in programs for immigrants and survivors of torture. Dolly speaks Spanish.
Dolly is a co-founder of Pollinator Project Rogue Valley and serves as Treasurer.
Kristina moved to the Rogue Valley in 2012 and immediately became enamored with the re- gion's flora and fauna, especially our pollinators. At the same time, she began learning about the unprecedented decline of all pollinators and the associated implications for our food system and eco system.She and her husband turned their barren property in Ashland into a pollinator garden, with many native plants, trees - and dandelions - but of course it's never finished.
Kristina loves teaching about our native bees, butterflies, flies, wasps, beetles, and humming- birds, and the plants and habitats that best support them. Her dream is that everyone's yard will include a little or a lot of pollinator habitat, even if it's just a pot of nepeta (catmint) on the porch.
Kristina is honored to serve as president of Pollinator Project Rogue Valley. She also serves as chair of Bee City USA Ashland, is a board member of Beyond Toxics, and is a certified Jackson County Master Gardener.
Kyle Poling has been growing and saving seed from a vast array of plants for the past 15 years. His background and experience
includes work in the nursery trade, on various local farms, and two years of education thru SOU's discontinued Certification in Botany.
Kyle has a special connection with Southern Oregon's native flora, and enjoys growing a broad diversity in his own garden - over 150 native species!
This love of native plants and their intricate connection with all the various species of pollinators has gradually led him to begin rearing moths and butterflies as well as become a backyard beekeeper. His hope is that everyone in our region can learn to appreciate the environmental importance, landscape potential, and especially the beauty, of our native plant species.
Ruby Reid always dreamed of becoming a farmer. Growing up in a city, her favorite place was the vegetable garden, covered in dirt, and surrounded by plants and bugs. Ruby holds a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard, and she practiced social work and community organizing for over a decade. From 2012 until 2016, she served as Chair of the Board for Impact Bay Area, a nonprofit that provides full-force practical self-defense training.
She met her fiancé, Chris Day, while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2015, and they settled in Southern Oregon. They created a mini-farm complete with greenhouse, raised bed, honey bee hives, native bee houses, a pollinator garden, and a massive worm composting system. Ruby's passion for growing her own food (and her propensity to produce more than she and Chris could possibly eat or give away) spurred her to purchase five acres in the Klamath mountains and launch a farm-to-table business in 2017. Valhalla Organics produces homemade Certified Naturally Grown goodies like pickles, preserves, and raw local honey.
Ruby is honored to serve as Secretary for Pollinator Project Rogue Valley.
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