Jaeden ChathamProgram Coordinator
Alix DavidsonDirector of Strategic Initiatives
Carol GundersenExecutive Director
Layah HodgesProgram Associate
Zac Jones-GómezCommunications and Advancement Coordinator
Grace MicanProgram Manager
Jill SeelmeyerDirector of Development and Communications
Casey SterrDirector of Finance and Administration
Bene “Jackfruit”Crew Member, Spring & Fall '21, Spring '22
Kameron “Key Lime”Crew Member, Spring '22
Nick “New Grass”Crew Member, Summer-Fall '21, Spring '22
Suzana “Flowers”Crew Member, Fall '21-Spring '22
Jaeden “Jackfruit” Chatham was born and raised in Texas, but fell in love with the Bluegrass State while attending Berea College, where she studied Spanish and served as Program Coordinator for the school’s Hispanic Outreach Project. She holds a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and is passionate about working with youth and families to understand our relationships with food, sustainability, equity, and our environment.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
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.
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 last year, she joins the team now as Program Associate. 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!”
Communications and Advancement Coordinator
Zac “Zephyr Squash” 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.
Director of Development and Communications
Jill “Jujube” Seelmeyer, a Louisville native, began her nonprofit career in the food justice field in Central Kentucky shortly after graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2011 with a journalism and political science degree. She loves being able to live out her personal values through the work of FLP –collaborating with the community to foster equity, sustainability, and education among our youth and their families. Jill enjoys spending time outdoors with her young children, practicing yoga, and listening to live music in her free time.
Director of Finance and Administration
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.
Crew Member, Spring & Fall '21, Spring '22
Bene is a current junior at Iroquois High School. She learned about the Food Literacy Project from her sister, who suggested she apply as she loves the outdoors. She loved learning about life on the farm, and hopes to take her experiences along with her in her future goals of becoming a doctor!
Kameron “Key Lime”
Crew Member, Spring '22
Kameron “Key Lime” is a senior at Ballard High School and joined the Youth Community Agriculture Program crew for the first time in the spring of 2022. He heard of the program from friend and former crew member Leo “Lettuce,” and says “I used to be on a farm when I was younger, so working on a farm really interests me. It’s fun and something different.”
Nick “New Grass”
Crew Member, Summer-Fall '21, Spring '22
Nick “New Grass” 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.”
Crew Member, Fall '21-Spring '22
Suzana “Flowers” 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.”