Meet the Leaders



Sheila DiPace
Im from Eugene, Oregon, where I received my BA in School and Community Health with a minor in Tree Hugging. I have been a resident of Sanford since 1998, when we settled into our big old house built in 1901. I am not easy to find, but if you are lucky you may catch me in my mud covered pink boots at the community garden inspecting milkweed for monarch eggs,  on my pink beach cruiser bicycle (with tassels and basket!) headed to Roots for some Miracle juice, turning 737 aircrafts  or working on airport sustainability programs for Southwest Airlines in Orlando, or hopping on a plane to go have some fun. But wherever I go  I am always so proud to call Sanford my hometown, and this little garden has a lot to do with it. No matter what kind of day I have had, just one hour of dirt therapy and I am good to go. Ive been blessed to call my gardening buddies my friends and hope to make many more as our little garden becomes the big garden that could. Because we are growing more than gardens here, we are growing a community. One gardener at a time.


Vice President

Anthony DiPace
Originally from Brooklyn NY and a Sanford resident since 1998.  Recently retired from 32 years with the Florida Highway Patrol.  I enjoy motorcycling, scuba diving, all things mechanical and working on our old home. Sheila has been my inspiration for all things green, happy wife, happy life!
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I am from southwestern Pennsylvania where I grew up on 22 acres in the most beautiful country setting.  We always had a huge garden and a cornfield that I always loved helping my family plant, weed and harvest our bounty.  Being a part of the Sanford Community Garden has reconnected me to the garden, connected me to new friends and new ways of gardening.  My grandson loves to come to the garden and help me water the plants and chase lizards!  When I am not at the garden, I am serving older adults and helping them with their choices of retirement living, hanging out with my grandson, family and friends, at the beach and reading, to name a few.
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Tiffany Hughes 
“A tree grows in Brooklyn” … and so did I. Although originally for NYC I have spent quite some time in Florida, having attended High School in Punta Gorda and college in Miami (Go FIU!). I have since settled in Sanford and am absolutely glad I did. I am usually a very busy bee during the weekdays but on any given evening can be found at the garden watering, pruning and picking kale for dinner. I love that about gardening that it allows me to eat what I took the time to plant and grow – Plot to Plate. I have spent the last few years working directly with customers in the banking and finance sector and I love that I can use my skills to help the garden succeed. If you have any questions about the garden please feel free to contact a Sanford Community Garden officer.  The Sanford community is wonderful and I am so happy to call it home. I hope to see you at our next garden work day!!
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Garden Manager

Jessica Wright
Jessica is originally from Texas. Growing up with a large family garden created a love of fresh vegetables and being outdoors. She now lives in Florida with her family of four. Jessica and the clan love kayaking, biking, and all the sports her kids play. Jessica is a project manager with a local Sustainability company.  Her job entails teaching companies how to run their buildings more energy and water efficient as well as creating less waste. Teaching is a passion for Jessica and motivates her to teach more people about sustainable living through water and energy efficiency, gardening, and healthy eating. The position as garden manager allows her the opportunity to teach the gardeners about organic fertilizers, pest control, and native planting.
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