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, grows native trees and shrubs, and plays as much soccer as he can with his ten year-old daughter.

Sarah Shea Starr (Children’s Education Coordinator) – Sarah has worked for the last fifteen 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, local school gardens, 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 chickens 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.