Growing School Gardens

We exist to give Chicago students in food insecure communities equal access to healthy food and food education.

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OUR STORY
Like most Teach for America alumni, Adam Zmick and May Tsupros first taught in under-resourced high schools. Their experiences working in food insecure communities lead them to realize how vital healthy food was to their students' growth, both in and out of the classroom. 

After one of May’s students, a high school senior, couldn’t identify a blueberry, she began to consider what her students were eating. Through first-hand observations, she witnessed how lack of healthy food was an obstacle to her students’ success. May needed a way for her students to take ownership of their nutrition.

Adam worked with a student who struggled in the classroom but flourished outside in the school garden. On the last garden day she was quite upset and worried her new school wouldn’t have a garden. It was then that Adam knew: no matter where a student goes to school, everyone should have a garden program.

In the fall of 2013, Adam and May met and joined forces to, just months later, found Gardeneers. Designed to give students in food insecure communities equal access to healthy fruits and vegetables, Gardeneers is dedicated to school garden education in Chicago.

About Us

Gardeneers is the only Chicago-based nonprofit providing full-service, customized school garden programs with on-going support. When schools lack the time and resources to sustain garden programs, we ensure their success.

OUR PILLARS

MEET OUR TEAM

 

MAY TSUPROS
CO-FOUNDER

 

ADAM ZMICK
CO-FOUNDER

JESS ZANDER 
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

STAFF

Alex Rosen
PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Alexis Burnley
AMERICORPS SERVICE MEMBER

Amanda Berry
AMERICORPS SERVICE MEMBER

Amanda Fieldman
GRANT COORDINATOR

Brittany Harthan
PROGRAM MANAGER

Cecilia Jordan
AMERICORPS SERVICE MEMBER

Christina Sechang
AMERICORPS SERVICE MEMBER

Dannah Abel
AMERICORPS SERVICE MEMBER

Daniel Charlie Cortes
AMERICORPS SERVICE MEMBER

Ian Wiley
AMERICORPS SERVICE MEMBER

Ishmeal Mendoza
AMERICORPS SERVICE MEMBER

Jaime Flores
GARDEN EDUCATOR

Kathy Tsang
GARDEN EDUCATOR

Leah Goldboom
PROGRAM MANAGER

Maria Cancilla
AMERICORPS SERVICE MEMBER

Paris Monaghan
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Rebecca MacDonald
GARDEN EDUCATOR

Rolando Perez
GARDEN EDUCATOR

Sarah Haselhorst
AMERICORPS SERVICE MEMBER

Selma Sims
FARM MANAGER

Siobhan Rubsam
AMERICORPS SERVICE MEMBER 

Stacey Kimmons
GARDEN EDUCATOR

Taryn Randle
GARDEN EDUCATOR

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