Mary Beth Duda
Mary Beth Duda, a junior in Global International Studies is the program coordinator for the farm. She has shown great passion and integrity in her work. This past year she has been working diligently in partnership with KU Dining management/KU Roasterie to enhance the Grounds 4 Gardens program to collect and reuse coffee grounds. Every week farm members pick up buckets of used coffee grounds to add to the composting systems at both the farm and at the Lawrence Community Garden Project. This partnership received the 2015 KU Sustainability Project Award in no small part due to Mary Beth’s work and commitment. You can find her in a new role as President/Program Coordinator this year. We are excited to have her in this new leadership position.
Russell Mullin has proven himself a valuable asset to quick fixes and creative solutions. He is farm VP and is heavily involved on campus with EcoHawks, KU Stewards, and the Center for Sustainability. Another major in Global International Studies we know he will find much success in all he does. Check out his Mother Earth News blog from the summer of 2015 where he tells us about his adventures WWOOFing in France. You should also check out is KU Schwinn-Mill project! We would be remiss not to mention the hard work that Russell and his grandfather put in to harvest wood for our upcoming Bee Hotel!
Katrina McClure is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She is the outgoing program coordinator (2103-2014) and the 2015 treasurer for the farm. Trina can be found working away in the community garden. She specializes in greenhouse production and seed saving. She also does a great deal of organizing and facilitating for the farm. She is a graduate student in geography researching the role and impact of ethnobotanical databases on the recording, function, and dissemination of Indigenous knowledge systems. Trina was the recipient of the KU Graduate Student Sustainability Award in 2015 for her efforts on campus and in the community. She is also involved in organizing the Kaw Valley Seed Fair , is a board member of the Sunrise Project, and was elected secretary to the Association of American Geographer’s Indigenous Peoples’ Specialty Group. She is an alum of Haskell Indian Nations University where her passion for plants first blossomed.
Daniel Walker is a farm officer. You will likely see Daniel working on the compost system or operating a mulch machine, mower, or weed whacker. He is particularly interested in the role that micro-organisms play in rehabilitating overworked soils. The farm is located on land that was farmed in monoculture for decades. Daniel is working towards a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Studies at KU. Daniel plays a fundamental role in the leadership of the farm, assisting with fundraising and outreach activities. Besides the farm, you can find Daniel heading up Veggie Lunch on campus. Veggie Lunch is served at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries every Thursday, from 11:30-1pm.