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Who we are

Gardeneers are dedicated leaders who sustain school gardens — and empower students to enrich their knowledge of nutrition, connect with their community and become stewards of the environment.

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Schools increasingly want to develop garden programs for their students. The positive effects of school garden programs are numerous and varied: they can improve student nutrition, increase their social-­emotional and interpersonal skills, enhance their connection to nature, boost test scores and even reduce neighborhood crime rates. However, many schools lack the necessary resources to carry out a comprehensive program. As a result, many school gardens end up full of weeds and debris rather than flourishing plants and engaged learners.

What sets the successful school gardens apart from the struggling ones? A leader. We meet the needs of the school, while engaging with the local community to achieve long-­term and sustainable garden support including garden maintenance, educational programming, and the garden-­to-­cafeteria connection.

Founded in early 2014 by Teach For America alumni May Tsupros and Adam Zmick, Gardeneers partners with schools to create and sustain effective garden programs.

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Our Team

May

May Tsupros

Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder

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Adam Zmick

Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder

Adam's bio

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Amanda Fieldman

Director of Development

Amanda's bio

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RIchard Levy

Board Chair

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Richard M. Daley

Board of Directors

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Mark Grossmann

Board of Directors

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Karen Malkin

Board of Directors

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Wayne Williams

Board of Directors

Wayne's bio

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Amy Zemnick

Board of Directors

Amy's bio

More Gardeneers

  • Kathy Tsang - Hive Manager
  • Alex Rosen - Hive Manager
  • Brekke Bounds - Hive Manager
  • Jared Reddrick - Garden Educator
  • Ireri Unzueta Carrasco - Garden Educator
  • Kelsey Gorman - Garden Educator
  • Rolando Perez - Garden Educator
  • Julia Goeke - Garden Educator
  • Joe Seidman - Garden Educator
  • Annemarie Pulawski - Garden Educator
  • Rebecca MacDonald - Garden Educator
  • Leah Goldbloom - Garden Educator
  • Brittany Harthan - Garden Educator
  • Kelli Day - MPH Practicum Student

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