Mary Bryan | Ocean Friendly Gardens Coordinator

  • Hometown:  Daufuskie Island, SC
  • Motivation to join Surfrider:  A local activist, Virginie Ternisien, told me about the Surfrider Foundation Charleston Chapter while I was volunteering at MUSC Urban Farm with her on a regular basis. She mentioned that myself and the Vice Chair, Olivia Bueno, had similar interests, passions, and energies. As a surfer, I thought that I should protect my favorite thing on earth. I met with Olivia about a week later at the Department of Natural Resources, we talked shop and the rest is history. I’ve been a part of the Chapter for a couple of months and plan to stay put as the OFG coordinator.
  • Day Job:  I am a horticulturalist. I work as a Direct Farmer for Vertical Roots- an aeroponic growing operation that focuses on leafy green production. I am also a student at the College of Charleston working on a degree in Urban Studies with a focus on sustainability.  I’m focusing on tying social, economic and environmental solutions together to make for a more sustainable future.
  • Hobbies:  Surfing, traveling, learning (always), volunteering, playing at the beach, reading, drawing edible landscape designs, and hanging out with friends.
  • Favorite thing about the Lowcountry: My favorite thing about the Lowcountry is the salt marsh, the fact that it is indeed a LOW country. I grew up on a very small island at the southernmost tip of South Carolina and have always been surrounded by the salt marsh. There really is no place like home. Our sunsets are absolutely breathtaking and it’s common to see the green flash because our land is so close to sea level. I am obsessed with our beaches as well, as an avid surfer, I am so happy that we have a place like Folly beach to call our local break. You can surf year around here without worrying too much about your toes freezing. Needless to say, there isn’t one thing I love the most, I’m just in love with this place as a whole. Roots run deep!