Brien supports the staff and programs and keeps the wheels turning by keeping the focus on our core mission and strategic plan. Brien is passionate about urban farming, community building and spreadsheets.
Alicia shares the work of Cultivate KC through the website and social media. She facilitates connections by helping events run smoothly. She’s the voice on the phone, and though she may not know the answer to your farming or policy question, she’s happy to point you to the people who do.
After having worked for many years in non-profit administration, Paul Cesare has temporarily traded in his suits for his boots. Gardening and farming have been a part of Paul’s life for many years. He is certified in permaculture design and continues to learn from colleagues in the field and over a conversation with food.
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.
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!
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.
Amanda supports the New Roots for Refugees farmers at Juniper Gardens Training Farm and New Roots for Refugee Graduates by providing hands-on assistance, advice, and mentoring.
Mary makes sure people who are interested or involved in the food system can do so through the work and connections of Cultivate KC.
Vince grows the green! He cultivates our philanthropy to raise the funds needed to support our vital programs in the community.
Eli supports our Food Access programming. First he collects data from farmers markets about Double Up Food Bucks and Market Match. Then he wrangles that data to clearly show the value of building relationships between local food production and folks in need.
Daniel manages Westport Commons Farm. He is a plant enthusiast, and avid guerrilla gardener. He’s passionate about locally grown food and learning the food systems that surround us. As current president of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Young Farmers coalition Daniel intends to not only strengthen the connection to people and their food, but the policies that affect them also.
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.
Paul helps to keep things running at Juniper Gardens, from fixing water lines to amending soil. He also gets really excited about multicultural spaces, which are abundant at Juniper. Paul’s favorite thing to do is nerd out with folks, whether that be cover cropping, world languages, or D&D.