MEET OUR TEAM
Committed to food justice, Kim comes to AMI with 20 years of experience in higher education, community development, and food system change. She started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer focused on youth development in Namibia. After receiving a Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Management, Kim worked as a professor and program coordinator for Augsburg University's Center for Global Education in Namibia before returning to the United States. During the following 13 years at Gettysburg College, Kim facilitated social justice education while developing campus-community partnerships to advance systemic change. Much of this work focused on immigrant rights and the food system as she facilitated the Adams County Food Policy County and led the transition of the Painted Turtle Farm into a hub for food and community. In her free time, Kim loves to hike, ski, and travel with her family
After studying ancient agriculture in college and co-teaching fifth grade, Jessa followed her passion for building healthy communities as an AMI Fellow in 2012. In her subsequent work at the AMI partner organization, The Highland Center, Jessa worked to build local food systems in the region. Jessa earned a Master's in Education from the University of Washington, where she studied and worked in the fields of nutrition and garden education, outdoor education, non-profit management, and curriculum development. Her passion for the Farm and Food Fellowship brought Jessa back to AMI in 2016 and she has been managing the Fellowship ever since. In her spare time, Jessa enjoys spending time in her garden and exploring the outdoors with her family.
DIRECTOR OF FARMING AND PROJECT ADVANCEMENT
Originally hailing from Pardeeville, WI, Pat developed his passion for environmental justice and farming after a 3-year quest that included travel to Central America, working and leading trail crews in AZ and CO, and then, ultimately, working as a field hand on a 3-acre farm outside of Madison, WI. Pat helped pilot the AMI Farm at Augusta Health managing it for 3 years before becoming the Director of Market Farming for AMI. When not obsessing over farming, Pat enjoys the challenge of trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle through cooking, preserving, and fermenting the food he grows.
ALLEGHENY FARM MANAGER
Teddy comes to AMI with 9 years of experience working in organic agriculture and running vegetable CSA farms throughout the Southeast. After working and interning on a variety of market farms in Asheville, NC, he started Living Culture Farm in Scottsville, VA. Eventually returning to Asheville, he continued to hone his skills in small scale bio-intensive vegetable production while building urban micro-farms and working on food equity. Prior to AMI, Teddy managed the gardens at the John C. Campbell Folk School while working to design and teach garden based workshops and lead the Work-Study program. When he's not in the field, Teddy enjoys playing board games, reading comic books, and preparing and sharing meals with loved ones.
AMI Farm Manager with Waynesboro PUBliC SCHOOLS
After studying Biology and Studio Art at the University of Virginia, Julia spent two years in Detroit exploring interests in art, community gardening, and horticulture. Returning to Virginia, Julia worked on a flower farm and came to AMI as a 2018 Fellow, where she spent her Community Action year as Village and Garden Coordinator at the Allegheny Farm. Julia recently completed a livestock apprenticeship in California where she learned about regenerative practices for raising cattle, sheep, and pigs. She is excited to be farming in her home state again, deepening roots and working with the Waynesboro Public School community. Julia is passionate about plants and growing food, and loves to share this enthusiasm with people of all ages. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and making art.
FARMING, Education, & Outreach coordinator
Bree’s first farming experience was on an urban farm in DC in 2017. Since then, her passion for food justice and regenerative agriculture has only grown. In the following years, she pursued work in three distinct organic farming operations along the east coast: Eden Village Camp, Waterpenny Farm, and the Rodale Institute. She is thrilled to share her experience and enthusiasm with students and the broader community alike. Bree graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in Latin American Studies. Originally a native of Staunton, she is happy to be back in the Shenandoah Valley.
AUGUSTA HEALTH FARM MANAGER
Hannah's love of food and farming started at an early age as she baked in her grandmother’s kitchen and planted gardens with her parents. Hannah graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in Global Studies and Economics and served as a Satellite Garden Manager for Edible Campus. After six months of training as a Farm Fellow, Hannah became an AMI 2021 Community Fellow, serving as the Farm and Fellowship Coordinator at the Allegheny Farm. When she's not farming, Hannah enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, reading, and hiking.
COMMUNICATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Born and raised in beautiful Central Oregon, Jamie developed a passion for environmentalism and social justice at an early age. Before joining AMI as a Fellow in 2020, she made a seven-year pit stop in upstate NY where she studied anthropology and communications at the University of Rochester and served as the marketing coordinator and community garden manager at the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. As a Community Fellow, Jamie managed produce distribution for the Allegheny Farm, coordinated the Highland Community Food Coalition, and supported AMI’s organizational equity efforts. When not strategizing ways to build a more just and sustainable food system, Jamie spends her time hiking, reading, and overanalyzing movies and TV shows.
Rick comes to AMI with over 30 years of accounting and business management experience. He worked with grants, capital budgets, and accounting software implementation at the University of Virginia. He also put in many years of corporate accounting at the former Rocco, Inc, poultry company in Harrisonburg. A graduate of James Madison University, Rick originally hails from Tidewater, Virginia, but has developed deep roots here in the Shenandoah Valley. When not trying to get on the golf course, his other passion is training, showing, and loving his herd of English Springer Spaniels.
ALLEGHENY FARM FACILITY CARETAKER
Paxton grew up in Waynesboro and then received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resource Management at Virginia Tech before serving as an officer in the Army for over 20 years. In 1999, Paxton moved to Highland County, where he has worked with his grandparents and cousin on the 225-acre family farm in Hightown. He has also been a Communications Officer & Communications Supervisor at the Highland County Sheriff’s Office and an Extension Technician with the Virginia Cooperative Extension.