Savannah Reid - Head Farmer
Savannah grew up in the rural town Graham, Washington where her family built their home on a beautiful piece of land overlooking pastures of horses, and a small dairy farm set against the backdrop of Mount Rainier. Her Mother’s beautiful flower and perennial gardens and her father’s landscape design and construction significantly influenced her passion for horticulture. From a young age she loved and was devoted to sports and the spirit of competition, eventually leading her team to a 5th place finish in the Junior Olympic National Volleyball tournament in 2004. After graduating high school, she attended Portland State University on a full-ride Volleyball scholarship, winning Big Sky Conference championships in 2007, 2008 and competing in the NCAA Division 1 tournament in 2009.
After graduating college, Savannah decided to stay involved in the health and fitness industry and began her eight year career with LA Fitness in Portland, Oregon. There she experienced a progressive career track, quickly rising through the ranks from front desk staff, to Operations Manager, and eventually District Manager of Operations in 2013. There she was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of 25 LA Fitness clubs across Washington, Oregon and California as well as helping the company expand into new markets and leading teams on the ground in 3 major company acquisitions. Her proudest achievement, earning a reputation of consistently building and maintaining strong teams of people and helping them grow.
In 2016 Savannah took a leap of faith and left life in the corporate fast lane, with one goal in mind; to align her work with a more purposeful and authentic version of herself. Her love of cooking, the outdoors and growing interest in farming were at the heart of it all. She moved to Whidbey Island in 2017 and attended an organic farming school where she trained under Ghislain Jutras, an exceptional organic farmer with 20+ years of experience from Quebec, Canada whose love of farming was equal to his love of teaching.
The 2019 season will be her 3rd season growing organic food and her philosophy on farming shares many of the same ideals as her previous background and experience. “There are so many similarities between plants and people. Given the right environment, support and nourishment, they thrive. It’s a beautiful process and I love working hard to ensure the food I grow is not only a source of nourishment for those that grace the table at the Orchard Kitchen, but also a source of inspiration that embodies the connection between the art of farming and the table.”