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 email, newsletters, our website and social media channels. She facilitates connections by helping events run smoothly. Though she may not know the answer to your farming or policy question, she’s happy to help you find the people who do.
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!
Ami works to help develop urban farms and community-based food projects to build a strong local food system and a supportive community of growers.
Amanda supports New Roots for Refugee Farmer Graduates by providing hands-on assistance, training opportunities, and resource connections including land access, infrastructure development, and funding support.
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.
Emily grows food, works with volunteers and students, and helps maintain and build up the Westport Commons Farm. When she’s not learning about agriculture and environmentalism, she enjoys playing music.
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.