Jill of All Trades
Terry is a life-long Oakland resident with family roots in Oakland and specifically Fruitvale since 1906. She had her hands in the dirt from a very young age and still prefers to stand on soil rather than asphalt. In addition to being a wife and mother of two daughters who introduced her to 4-H, she has been a computer programmer, a bookkeeper and a small business owner.
Terry and her family keep bees and a goat at their Oakland home. Their neighbors love the bees for pollinating their gardens and the goat for just being herself. Terry brings enthusiasm, curiosity and a people oriented helpful nature to her work at Pollinate while she learns as much as she can everyday about food independence and urban farming.
Transplant + Mastermind
Jordan relocated to Oakland from the Columbus, Ohio where his passion for urban farming was inspired by his grandparents. Jordan has helped farmers bale acres of straw and hay. He also loves picking fruit for a delicious homemade pie.
He hopes to use his keen business sense and years of experience in logistics, marketing and retail operations to advance the culture of urban farming. He enjoys eating, especially tasting new foods. He's still in awe of our East Bay weather.
Zack Haison Dinh
Zack has raised chickens, bees, and a low maintenance, drought tolerant permaculture garden. He believes work should be personally meaningful while also promoting positive benefits to society and the environment, and works at Pollinate to increase his understanding of urban homesteading, and to be close to his old neighborhood community.
Zack enjoys bicycle riding for both commuting and adventure, and is also experienced in bicycle infrastructure design. He is also an avid freediver and spearfisher.
He is currently studying environmental planning at UC Berkeley's Landscape Architecture Department, with a focus on ecological restoration and expansion of local food production.
Frank Placas, Creative Genius
Farm Arts and Structures
Raised in Livermore before it was a suburb, Frank spent his youth working on the ranches in the Livermore hills. A model maker by profession and a lifetime creator, Frank has embraced the melding of urban farming and visual arts. In addition to commissioned hand-painted Barn Quilts with samples currently on display at Pollinate, he creates pieces on repurposed barn wood for both interior and exterior installation.
He also builds custom chicken coops, raised beds, and other projects. Contact us for availability and rates.