BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chef Shon Foster A native of Kanab, Utah, Executive Chef Shon Foster takes a thoughtful approach to food, blending contemporary cuisine with local & international traditions.
Chef Shon’s career path led him to the role of executive chef at Amangiri.
Chef Shon’s next venture led him back home to open Sego Restaurant in Kanab Utah.
Chef Shon has charted his own path in the culinary world, spending a handful of years as a recording engineer in the music industry before discovering his passion of the culinary world and fine dining. His efforts have culminated in an invitation to the 2013 & 2014 Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival and most recently, his whimsical approach to food titled “S’mores School” was a popular display at the Nashville Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, catering for high end car companies around the United States.
Chef Shon also has represented Utah and its culinary scene in Germany to promote Southern Utah tourism, and added public speaking at local farm conferences and economic development seminars to his most recent experiences.
Tyler Kern spent over 10 years working in the software industry and graduated from Neumont College with a degree in Computer Science. After discovering the ethical implications of rising technology and it’s impact on environment and culture, he changed courses and threw himself into the weeds of building communities around small scale sustainable agriculture.
He started Life Cycle Gardens, a microgreen and mushroom business, and is a full-time farm manager at Red Acre Farm in Cedar City.
He values family and relationships – his most important one is with his wife of 2 years, Brandi. When he’s not tending his crops he enjoys reading, foraging, hiking, cycling, cooking, herbalism, yoga, and the art of fermentation.
Tyler Melling is a Cedar City estate planning attorney . When not practicing law, Tyler is either spending time with his family, volunteering with the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce, participating in the Cedar City music community, teaching Legal Studies courses like Estate Planning & Probate at Southern Utah University, or helping a friend prune their landscape trees.
Tyler Melling was born and raised in Texas, but he returned to his roots in Cedar City to attend SUU, where he met his wife in the Opus Chamber Choir after serving an LDS mission in Slovakia. He graduated in 2012 in Economics with a minor in music performance.
After his time at SUU, Tyler attended the University of Iowa College of Law. Tyler’s law school experience also included a study abroad program in Arcachon, France.
Tyler received his Juris Doctor with High Service Honors in December of 2014 and moved back to Cedar City to raise his family and open his law practice. He loves helping others in whatever way they need help, whether to find a connection, fulfill a legal need, help their business grow, or with gardening advice.
Sara Patterson, a farmer and entrepreneur who started a CSA at 14, is the owner of and runs Red Acre Farm CSA, a successful small Biodynamic farm. With her mom, she established Red Acre Center for Food and Agriculture . She started the 2 farmers markets in Cedar, is an activist and responsible for making herd shares legal where they were not in 2015 in Utah, and is the 2016 winner of the Gravel Road Gang Award for activism FTCLDF, the Unsung Hero Award from State Policy Network, and the Cedar Chamber of Commerce’s Young Citizen of the Year Award. She eats and advocates that everyone should have access to local nutrient dense food. She is a popular speaker and loves sharing her journey.
Symbria Patterson spent a lifetime working in the nonprofit sector. After her daughter started an organic farm, she and her late-husband saw the possibilities and left their employment to work full-time building a sustainable farm. Their focus was to make local food accessible and to create a community educated about healthy food and responsible sources. As her experience grew, so did her vision, and she saw the need for an organized effort in promoting and protecting farmers, farms and local food economies. She and her daughter started another adventure, while continuing the first, and co-founded Red Acre Center in the midst of farming.
She says she has never worked a day in her life. “I always find myself engaged in a cause and loving what I do!” The mother of four and grandmother of eight, she loves, to walk, read, farm, eat good food and be anxiously engaged in a good cause.