About Community Crops

Mission Statement

We provide education, advocacy and experiences to grow local food.

Vision Statement

We are leaders in a community where all people can grow and enjoy healthy, local food.


Community Crops was started with one community garden in 2003, and has grown over the years to become a successful organization. Crops now has twelve community garden sites, a training farm, a successful Community Supported Agriculture program, youth garden and cooking education, a regular farmers’ market stand, and more.

Community Crops currently has six full-time staff positions, one part-time positions, four AmeriCorps members, and numerous volunteers who help with our projects, as well as a great group of farmers and gardeners.

Leadership and Staff

Current Staff

  • Ben McShane-Jewell, Executive Director
  • Matt Pirog, Growing Farmers Program Manager
  • Kelsey Varisco,Community Garden Program Manager
  • Barb Brockley, Office Manager
  • Aaron French, Farm Production Coordinator
  • Nicole Effle, Youth Program Coordinator
  • Ailyne Swartz, Rebecca Chandler, Andira Losh,  and Rebeca Llasaca-Van Horn, AmeriCorps Members

Community Crops Board of Directors

  • Megan McGuffey,  President
  • Angela Lemke, Vice-President
  • Ashley Steffensmeier, Treasurer
  • Dr. A. Bryce Hoflund, Secretary
  • Susan Ugai
  • Susan Dinsmore
  • Joseph Flores
  • Kevin Hagemoser
  • Stephanie Matejka
  • Jeremiah Picard
  • Linda Willard
  • Pam Edwards
  • David Burnette

“If we can continue to inspire people to grow food in their community,
we really have an opportunity to change the culture in the United States and change behavior.”

Brad Kindler, Volunteer

Community Crops Financial Information

Community Crops 2015 IRS 990 filing

2015 Community Crops Audit

Community Crops 2015 Annual Report


Our Funders

Crops is funded by a number of local and national funding sources including: