Paco John Verin is a community gardens project coordinator at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society/Philadelphia Green. At Philadelphia Green, Paco supports, organizes, and trains community garden groups throughout Philadelphia. He creates and leads workshops in organic gardening, organizing, and budget management to create new gardens or improve existing ones. Previously, he was an organic farm apprentice in Maryland, community garden project coordinator in New Jersey, and a children's theater technical apprentice in France. Paco is an officer of Hollow Bones, a Zen Buddhist lay order, where he leads weekly meditation sessions.