Megan McGuffey

Executive Director | mmcguffey@communitycrops.org

Megan is engaged in local food work across the state of Nebraska. She has served on the Nebraska Legislature’s Community Garden Task Force, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Food Policy Council, and the Local Foods Coordinating Council in Omaha, Nebraska.

She recently served as the Food Systems Coordinator for Share Our Table, a food security coalition in the Omaha-Council Bluffs region and has co-authored food assessments for regional and statewide food policy organizations.

Megan earned her Master of Public Administration in 2013 and is currently a doctoral candidate at UNO School of Public Administration. Her research focuses on food and farm policy broadly and her dissertation looks at the role of food policy networks in the local government policy process.

Megan first got involved in Community Crops as a community gardener in northeast Lincoln. As a program participant, she has seen first-hand the value of having spaces and experiences to grow local food.

She has lived in Lincoln for over a decade and previously served on the Community Crops board of directors.

 

Barb Brockley

Operations and Grants Manager | barb@communitycrops.org

Barb Brockley has worked at Crops for 10 years,  and has been instrumental in writing, securing and managing federal and foundation grants. When not at Crops, Barb manages the Brockley Farmaceuticals CSA with her husband Ross and dog Mabel.

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Matt Pirog

Growing Farmers Program Manager | matt@communitycrops.org

Matt Pirog is the Growing Farmers Program Manager at Community Crops. He is responsible for seeking out and facilitating learning opportunities for beginning farmers in Nebraska using lectures, farm tours, and hands-on workshops at the Prairie Pines training farm. He comes to Crops with an educational background in accounting and biological systems engineering, which drives his pursuit of small-scale, soil-regenerative farming models that are also financially sustainable.

Matt first developed his gardening/farming addiction at a Community Crops garden in 2010 and has been absorbing everything he can about biologically-intensive agriculture ever since. Classes and opportunities organized by Community Crops have made it possible for him to grow a delicious bounty of food and provided inspiration to pursue a farming lifestyle. He is excited to create those opportunities for others and to help grow the capacity of the Lincoln foodshed. The other hats he wears outside of Community Crops are eccentric gardener, dog buddy and alternating sous-chef at the Falter-Pirog household.

 

Ailyne Swartz-Taylor

Garden Program Coordinator | ailyne@communitycrops.org

Ailyne is the full-time community garden program coordinator. In 2017-2018, she participated in the gardens and with all our gardeners as an AmeriCorps member. We are so excited to be able to utilize her experience and skills to ensure all of our gardeners are successful in growing their own food!