Community Connectors


Meet Your Community Connectors! 



The Kids Garden Community was developed by KidsGardening in partnership with many of our peer youth gardening organizations. We see a member leadership team as an essential part of our goal to keep the Kids Garden Community centered BY YOU.

The Community Connectors leadership cohort provides an opportunity for Community members to grow your gardening impact! Community Connectors are passionate about cultivating a spirit of collaboration and innovation within the youth garden movement and enjoy engaging and supporting peers. 

Throughout the course of a year, this first ever group of Community Connectors will collaborate to improve and expand the resources available to Community members. Take a look at their priorities and action plan.


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Kim Aman

Kim Aman

Kim is a former public school teacher and 7th generation farmer, is the Executive Director of Grow Garden Grow, Founder of the North Texas School Garden Network, SFUSA Garden Network Co-Chair, and Program Director at Moss Haven Farm, where she holds the title of Farmer Kim, integrating curriculum on a k-6 campus. Kim supports schools in North Texas and across the country in creating sustainable school garden programs and authored garden curriculum for many national organizations. Kim is deeply rooted in the Farm to School movement. On any given day, you can find her in the garden working side by side with student farmers, teaching them about the land and the food they eat. She knows that she is fortunate to be doing what she loves and looks forward to every day that she can spend digging in the soil. Connect with Kim


Jeannae Flores

Jeannae Flores

Jeannae is originally from the island of Saipan, Micronesia in the Pacific. She has an M.S in Community Nutrition & Integrative Health, in which she focused on formulating programs designed to empower low-income, under-served communities. Jeannae has managed nutrition education programs in multiple counties in the Washington DC and Baltimore, MD areas, was an Elementary Nutrition Educator for SNAP-Ed , and was an official delegate for the Festival of Pacific Arts, covering all of the Pacific Islands, as a Community Nutritionist in the Traditional Culinary Arts segment representing Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. As a FoodCorps Service Member for a Title 1 elementary school in Big Island, Hawaii she has served as a School Garden & Cooking Teacher, Curriculum Developer, Garden Program Manager, and Grantwriter. Jeannae's personal angle to garden education is a focus on herbalism, incorporating and preserving indigenous & ancestral knowledge through food, herbs and garden-based learning, the gardens as a socio-emotional learning environment, using gardens to teach nutrition and cooking, to teach food systems & food sovereignties, conservation, sustainability & basic academic standards. Connect with Jeannae



Barbara Halden

Barbara is originally from Germany and moved to Phoenix in 2008. Amazed by nature and always feeling happy when outside getting her hands dirty, she wanted to give children the opportunity of this amazing experience. As a mom of three children, she has volunteered at schools and been employed by local, public-school districts where she learned even more about our school system and the important interrelation between natural, outdoor learning spaces and whole child health and education. As a co-founder of the Healthful Schools Coalition Arizona, Barbara works on policies for sustainable outdoor education in the AZ education system. In her role as co-chair for the school garden community of practice in the AZ Farm to School Network, Barbara facilitates monthly meetings, discussing school garden questions and ideas, and connecting members to resources from funding to teaching. Connect with Barbara


Natalie Jackson

Natalie Jackson

Natalie was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and has been working with young children, infants and toddlers in particular since she graduated from high school. Natalie has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from the University of Hawaii and many certifications including High Scope trainer- infant/toddler/ preschool, CLASS infant, toddler observer, early literacy, mentoring, and Early Childhood play inspector. She has been a CDA validator and professional development specialist. She has worked for the Dept. of Defense Child Development services and Head Start, and was an adjunct ECE instructor at two colleges. Natalie loves to travel, read, shop, spend time outdoors and play with her cats and dogs! Connect with Natalie


Amber Keller

Amber is a trained biologist turned non-formal science educator, Massachusetts Master Gardener, volunteer school garden leader, and Life Lab-Certified School Garden Educator specializing in a collaborative approach to school garden creation, maintenance, and use. She's passionate about students participating in authentic, outdoor experiential learning during the school day using best practices in inquiry learning. She loves witnessing kids' excitement for learning when they engage in gardens! Amber has learned that creating and using youth gardens can be full of thrilling victories amongst obstacles and frustrations and that we need each other in this work. She believes that youth gardens are more sustainable and effective when we share ideas, resources, and experiences with one another, and that is why she is excited to help support this community. Connect with Amber


Tony Tuckwiller

Tony Tuckwiller

Tony grew up on a farm in West Virginia and has been gardening his entire life. After retiring as a secondary choir teacher, he began volunteering in the schools of the Sharpstown area of southwest Houston, teaching public school students about food and nature. He has been honored for this work, receiving the Mayor’s Proud Partner Award in 2017 and the Houston ISD Volunteer of the Year in 2020. Connect with Tony


Alycia Wright

Alycia Wright

Alycia, M.Ed is founder of Cultural Roots Homeschool Cooperative and a former educator of over ten years. She is an herbalist and loves all things green and books. She lives in Richmond Va with her spouse , four daughters, one dog, one bird, one snake, one lizard, one toad, and a fish. Connect with Alycia