Jaeden ChathamProgram Coordinator
Alix DavidsonDirector of Strategic Initiatives
Kira ElmerAmericorps VISTA Community Food Access Coordinator
Rebecca GrauAdvancement Manager
Carol GundersenExecutive Director
Layah HodgesAmeriCorps VISTA Communications and Technology Coordinator
Zac Jones-GómezCommunications and Advancement Associate
Grace MicanProgram Manager
Casey SterrDirector of Finance and Administration
Bene “Jackfruit”Community Food Leader
JimmicialCommunity Food Leader
Marthe “Marigold”Community Food Leader
Nick “New Grass”Community Food Leader
Suzana “Flowers”Community Food Leader
Alix “Arugula” Davidson is enthusiastic about engaging youth in the work of justice and community-building through urban farming. She comes to FLP with a background of youth services and program leadership in a refugee resettlement context. She holds a Master of Divinity degree and enjoys time spent gardening, hiking, and traveling.
Kira “Kumquat” Elmer is passionate about all things food and is grateful to be a part of the urban agriculture community in Louisville. She is a Washington State native and graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Art History and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. After graduation, she acquired a certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages to pursue meaningful work supporting youth achievement. In her free time, Kira enjoys hiking, baking, and rollerskating.
Rebecca “Rhubarb” Grau brings with her a background in nonprofit management and a passion for local food. She holds a Master Public Administration degree from the University of Louisville and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University. Rebecca is an avid cook and outdoor enthusiast.
Carol “Cauliflower” Gundersen is a life-long picky eater whose life was changed by the work of farming. Prior to founding the Food Literacy Project in 2006, Carol’s work experience included community organizing and farm policy work, environmental and farm-based education, and two seasons growing vegetables at Oxmoor Farm.
Layah “Lychee” Hodges is a young woman on a mission! Relocating from Cleveland, OH to Louisville for her AmeriCorps service year will be the largest feat she has faced yet. She graduated from high school in 2019 but has taken time away from school to pursue her interests and earn some work experience before she reenrolls in university. Layah discovered the Food Literacy Project through the AmeriCorps family. Her roots lie in performing arts, dance, civic and social justice, and creating a more equitable world for all. Over the next year, Layah hopes to enroll at Jefferson Community and Technical College to earn her Associates of Arts before continuing at the University of Louisville. In her freedom, Layah loves exploring nature, kayaking, swimming and diving, reading, and building her two businesses. She lives by her mantra “Take Care, Live Well, and Prosper!”
Zac “Zucchini” Jones-Gómez graduated from the University of Kentucky with B.A.s in International Studies and Anthropology. Though it was a winding path, he is happy to have landed on a farm, learning about how to grow healthy and sustainable food. He is passionate about everything related to food, and when he isn’t tweeting or Instagramming about FLP’s great work, he can be found in the kitchen recreating his favorite bakes from The Great British Bake-Off.
Grace “Green Pepper” Mican gives life to her interest in sustainable and local food systems while working with the Food Literacy Project to make her hometown of Louisville a more sustainable and just city. She graduated from Bellarmine University in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and minor focuses in anthropology, Spanish, and international studies. Grace is a person of many passions and loves to share knowledge and learn from others when teaching and taking dance classes, trying new cooking projects, leading youth through the learning garden, speaking Spanish, making veggie burgers from scratch, and working alongside teens on the farm.
Casey “Kohlrabi” was born and raised in northern Illinois. He has worked with non-profits since 1986, both in the US and internationally. As Business Manager, he assists with administrative support. He is excited about FLP’s work in the community and the remarkable staff that is dedicated to service and justice.
Bene is a current sophomore at Iroquois High School. She learned about the Food Literacy Project from her sister, who suggested she apply as she loves the outdoors. She is excited to learn about life on the farm, and hopes to take her experiences along with her in her future goals of becoming a doctor!
Jimmicial is excited to join the YCAP crew this fall! She is a Junior at Iroquois High School and is working with the Food Literacy Project to gain work experience and explore what working on an urban farm is like. When asked, “Why should you grow and cook your own food?”, Jimmicial responded, “In my home country [Liberia], the people didn’t have money to buy the food we needed, so growing our food was our next best option.”
Marthe “Marigold” is a senior at Doss High School. She is excited to join the Youth Community Agriculture Program crew this fall! After graduation, she hopes to attend school to become a nurse. She was inspired by her mother, who is a nurse and has taught her many things already. After learning about the Food Literacy Project, she liked the idea of getting her hands dirty and growing her own food and decided to join. She hopes to learn about many topics, including how to better take care of plants and how to teach others to love what they eat.
Nick “New Grass”
Nick “New Grass” is excited to spend another term with The Food Literacy Project. He is a senior at the University of Louisville with a major in Sustainability and minor in Public Health. He decided to join the Youth Community Agriculture Program crew to acquire another perspective on sustainability. The opportunity to work on an urban farm is unique and provides an experience not available in every school and university. When asked, “Why should you grow and cook your own food?”, Nick responded, “It’s important to be knowledgeable of what you consume. Additionally, you bring POWER back to the people, and allow them to be choice makers.”
Suzana “Flowers” is excited to join the YCAP crew this fall! She is a Senior at Iroquois High School and is exploring her options after graduation. She is working with the Food Literacy Project to explore agriculture and learn more about urban farms. When asked, “Why should you grow and cook your own food?”, Suzana responded, “It is important to me. I like having fresher foods and knowing what is happening throughout the growing process.”