Staff Bio’s

Taylor Starr (Executive Director) – Taylor is a founder and the Executive Director of White Oak Farm & Education Center. He has been involved in all aspects of the Farm’s agricultural and educational programs since it’s founding in 2002.  Before moving to Oregon, Taylor worked as a farmer, landscaper, and teacher in Northern California and Washington State.  He has taught children organic gardening, natural history, and life sciences, and taught ecosystemology at UC Berkeley.  He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Holistic Ecology in 2000.  Taylor grew up near the shores of Puget Sound, where he developed a love of the natural world through annual family backpacking trips in the Cascades and Olympics.  He currently directs things at White Oak, farms a wide range of fruits and veggies, teaches permaculture and sustainable living skills to kids and adults, and plays as much soccer as he can with his eight year-old daughter.

IMG_1769Sarah Shea Starr (Children’s Education Coordinator) – Sarah has worked for the last thirteen years as a member of the White Oak Farm Children’s Education Staff.  She served as Education Coordinator from 2008-2010 and again starting in 2020. She has led groups of children from age three to eighteen in school visits, adventure school and farm camps.  Before working at White Oak, Sarah had extensive experience with children’s education ranging from preschool instruction to environmental education outreach.  She specializes in gourmet cooking with organic home-grown ingredients, taking care of the farm’s sheep and goats, and teaching hand-crafts and nature-based arts, including work with wool, willow baskets, and textiles.  Sarah graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1998 with a degree in Environmental Studies.

Corbin Brashear (Lead Educator)  Corbin has been working with children for almost 30 years. She started her journey as an
educator in her early twenties, working as a teacher/naturalist in several residential outdoor
science school programs in Northern California. Corbin then started teaching at the newly formed Sugarloaf Learning Center in Williams, where she created a place based interdisciplinary middle school program in language arts, social studies and science, as well as facilitated field based learning expeditions and after school enrichment opportunities in theater and the arts for 6 years. She then spent two years, also at the Sugarloaf Learning Center, leading a Waldorf inspired, nature based class for kindergarten and first grade. In 2008, Corbin decided to step back from academic teaching to focus on starting her own fiber business, Wild and Wooly Feltworks and her own family, giving birth to her son Zephyr in 2009. She has since merged her love of teaching and her love of fiber arts by becoming an artist in the schools, working at over a dozen local schools over the past 15 years as well as leading multi day art retreats at museums
and galleries throughout the Northern California and Oregon. Three years ago, a new local outdoor school was forming at Pacifica, and Corbin was able to go full circle, returning to her roots as a naturalist and experiential educator and helping shape this new outdoor school program, called The Pacifica Outdoor School, a 3 day residential science program serving area
5th- 7th graders. Corbin is thrilled to be joining the White Oak community and continue learning from and teaching kids about the wonders of the Earth and the farm.

IMG_3571Brian Geier (Camp Counselor) – Brian grew up in Indiana, where he developed a love for wilderness, spending as much time as possible exploring woods, hollers, and streams, and camping out with friends.  He attended the University of Maine and earned a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture.  With an internship at Hawthorne Valley Farm Summer Camp as a counselor for 8-12 year-olds, he discovered a love of sharing farming and wilderness with children through fun and engaging activities including games, songs, crafts, lessons, and work.  He has worked as garden coordinator for the Sequatchie Valley Institute, a non-profit dedicated to teaching permaculture and food skills to children and adults.  For several years he worked in Kentucky as an organic farmer and food manufacturer, always sharing experiences through workshops and presentations on organic farming and fermentation.  After five years as our Education Coordinator, Brian now lives at Squawking Hawk Acres in Ashland, and works seasonally at White Oak as a Summer Camp Counselor.

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