Board President and Secretary
Zsofia Pasztor’s passions are children and the environment. She is the founder of Farmer Frog.
Zsofia has observed that when people grow food together, they improve their sense of community as well as their health. Across generations, everyone can participate in food production. Zsofia is concerned about children who may face preventable, lifestyle- and diet-related diseases. She cites “The Growing Epidemic of Childhood Obesity” by the former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona: “Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.” So Zsofia is doing her best each day to avert this outcome. “Children,” says Zsofia, “are full of joy and hope—we have to deliver.”
An award-winning landscape designer, permaculturist, horticulturist, and arborist, Zsofia teaches restoration horticulture, urban agriculture, and low impact development (LID) at Edmonds Community College. She also teaches sustainable site management internationally through several non-profit organizations.
Zsofia was born and raised in Hungary. She and her husband, Zsolt Pasztor, left Hungary in 1987 and spent almost two years in a United Nations refugee camp before the United States brought them to Denver. The high desert was not green enough for them, so in 1990 they moved to Washington State. They have four children.
What does Zsofia do for fun? “I really do garden for fun,” she says, “and my ideal vacation is to stay at home with just the family and do nothing.”
Zsofia holds the following qualifications and certifications:
- Certified Arborist PN-5795A
- Certified Tree Risk Assessor 480
- Certified Horticulturist 2459
- Landscape Designer
- Certified Permaculture Designer
- Certified LID Consultant & Designer
- Certified Commercial Urban Agriculturist
- Blue Economy Consultant