We are continuing our series where we introduce the new Maine Foodscapes Board of Directors. Our Board is highly involved in every aspect of Maine Foodscapes. Board members are critical for executing the various aspects of our organization. Our Board consists of enthusiastic gardeners dedicated to building community around growing food, and we'd love for you to get to know them. If you attend an event, participate in a Garden Project build, or volunteer, you're likely to meet one or many members of our Board, but we're going to dedicate some space to digging deeper with each of them here on our new blog!
For Part 4 of this series, you'll be hearing from Board member Christian Breau!
Christian! What are your hobbies and interests?
I work in tech and have always loved technology...so...I'll admit it, I'm a gamer. I also love fishing in the summer with my wife and boys. I love cooking - Thai Fried Rice, various soups, and I'm loving my new charcoal grill. I even have a wireless thermometer to ensure everything comes out perfectly! It has paid for itself in spades.
Why did you want to join the Board of Directors?
I've been working with nonprofit organizations for over a decade, helping with their IT support and strategy. Being consistently inspired by the life-changing work that nonprofits do, I wanted to try to give back in some way. While IT/Technology don't necessarily sync up with gardening, as the organization grows, I believe my IT & Cybersecurity skills will be valuable in helping Maine Foodscapes achieve its mission safely and securely.
What makes you most excited for the grow season?
Helping families who struggle with food insecurity. (See above - nonprofit organizations change lives!)
How did you get first introduced to Maine Foodscapes?
I listed myself on the Maine Association of Nonprofits Board Finder and the organization reached out to me. This is the first time I've been on a board, so I have a bit to learn!
What do you enjoy most about gardening?
While I'm one of the most novice gardeners out there, I love the smell of the soil (geosmin). We have done some work with hosta around the house (it's a great plant for protecting the perimeter near lakes) and...most importantly...they are very hardy. Even in my hands, they flourish!
What kind of impact are you hoping to make on the organization and/or your community this year?
Through my regular technology work with nonprofits and working with Maine Foodscapes in a board member capacity, the impact I make will likely never be "visible". By providing recommendations on effective use of limited funds for technology and best practices for Cybersecurity, the absence of an "event" is actually the goal.