We are a small but dedicated team at The Crest. Trine heads up the organization and the farm workers at Willow-Witt Ranch assist with all the prep, the tours and behind-the- scenes work. Without them we wouldn’t be able to do all that we are doing.
Suzanne Willow, Executive Director
Suzanne is a third generation Californian, and a chosen Oregonian. Born in Santa Cruz, she spent her younger years in Idaho’s Sawthooth Mountains and near Yosemite, later moving to Eureka/Arcata and the Pacific Ocean. Open vistas with mountains and forests call to her.
December 31, 1984, Suzanne and Lanita Witt and their daughter Brooke fell in love with (then found out it was for sale!) the 445 acres now known as Willow-Witt Ranch. With a ‘portable career’ as a Physician Assistant she worked in Medford and Ashland in family practice and women’s health, while gardening and raising goats, pigs, and chickens on the farm. Suzanne and Lanita learned about forest health and resilience through the Master Forest Manager course at OSU Extension in the first years on the ranch. She left medicine in 2006 to devote full-time energy to the ranch, the forests, wetland restoration, and the business of organic farming and Farm Stays. Bringing people to the farm, forest and wetland to learn about the interconnectedness of the world and their food and water is her goal. She and Lanita imagined The Crest to expand the reach of this important educational tool; it has become a reality thanks to a wonderful board of directors and executive director.
Megan Lozano, Farm HAND
Megan's love for agriculture started with home grown tomato plants in mid-coast Maine. After moving to Chicago, she graduated from the Windy City Harvest program offered by the Chicago Botanic Gardens, which provided extensive training in urban agriculture. Coming to the ranch was a great opportunity to see full scale agriculture work in the majestic mountains around Ashland.
Megan is also a classically trained chef, as well as having experience in teaching children cooking and nutrition through Common Threads, a non-profit education program in low income areas. The Crest offers a chance for her to put all her skills into action.
David Baldwin, Farm Hand
Dave’s Willow-Witt Ranch journey started in late spring of 2014. He had been traveling across the United States in search of a farm to land on for a while. Dave has run his own successful farming business in his home state of Utah, and brought with him knowledge in both livestock and vegetable production. He thrives on the challenges involved in farm work, along with the lifestyle that organic farming offers.
daniel Collay, Farm Hand
Daniel Collay grew up on his parents’ farm outside of Eugene. He followed his passion for the environment into college, graduating with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Minor in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Southern Oregon University. He thinks The CREST will be an excellent way to grow his love of farming, environmental education, and leadership.