Katherine works with the board and committees, strategic planning, program development and a whole bunch of other stuff!
Alicia keeps the office under control, deals with paperwork, is a master schlepper. She knows a little about a lot of it, but not a lot about most of it. She’s happy to hear from you and point you in the right direction.
Sam takes care of all things related to operations and maintenance of the farm – he’s the one making sure the farm actually functions. Many of the current and graduate farmers tend to call Sam first whenever they need help or have any questions. Sam is also the farm guardian and watch-dog, he’s always checking in on the farm to make sure everything’s in tact.
Lana manages our Nutrition Incentive programming to help folks access locally grown fruits and veggies at farmers markets through Double Up Food Bucks and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Lana also collaborates with community partners to increase food access, provide outreach, and creates testimony on state and federal policies.
Semra co-manages the New Roots for Refugees program by assisting the refugee farmers on-site – basically making sure everything at Juniper Gardens runs smoothly!
Kathleen handles the numbers and figures for the Food Access Programs, and works with our awesome farmers market partners in the greater Kansas City area to keep the programs running smoothly.
Mark engages with a wide variety of people who are starting, operating, and growing farms and community-based food projects and is charged with assisting them in realizing their goals while helping to develop a diverse and strong local food system.
Ary leads a phenomenal team that mobilizes individual, corporate and grant funding support for all of our programs. She loves creating new partnerships and connecting with fellow supporters of a healthy, local food system in Kansas City. A native of Venezuela, Ary has found a home in the welcoming culture of the Midwest and enjoys being part of the Latino community in KC.
Kate works with the refugee farmers to adapt their farming practices to be successful in the American market and Midwestern climate. They work together to create strategies to combat pests and disease for improved yield and plant health, to plan varieties for increased interest from market customers, and to develop methods around each individual’s strengths and weaknesses. If the New Roots farmers have a question, Kate works with them to find the best answer!
Sarah primarily writes grants, and helps plan events like Homegrown Happy Hour, the Urban Grown Farm Crawl & Dig In! Sarah also builds relationships with community funders, fights with Salesforce, and edits all the things.
Dan is particularly interested in permaculture, soil biology self-sufficient agriculture and sustainable farming systems. Dan loves giving tours, lectures and working with volunteers.
Mary coordinates tours, volunteer opportunities and media requests; manages social media channels; and designs print and digital marketing assets. If you want to talk or learn about Cultivate KC you’re gonna have to go through her first (most of the time)!
Linda oversees annual budgeting process and monitoring, human resources, information technology, and the database.
As the development coordinator, Ladan manages our Salesforce database and assists with grant writing and donation campaigns.