Meet the NFI Team

Our volunteers make it all possible.

Staff and Volunteers

Joe Ludes 
Adult Garden Education Instructor

An avid vegetable gardener from childhood, Joe Ludes has a background in Special Education in the DC public schools, has worked with the Prince George’s County Master Gardeners; was a founder of the Walker Jones Education Campus School Garden; and has led workshops for the DC learning gardens in collaboration with the State Superintendent’s Office and DC Greens. He is the founder of the Hyattsville Urban Growers and sustainably farms his half-acre yard. Today, Joe also works as the teacher-trainer for the mid-Atlantic region of REAL School Gardens.

 

He has lived in North Carolina, Seattle, Hawaii, and the DC region and he can’t imagine ever leaving this area. His background is in philosophy and his other interests include community development, city planning, education, and playing with his two kids. Joe is thrilled to be working with Neighborhood Farm Initiative and helping to spread his knowledge of growing food while working to build strong communities.

2015 Board of Directors

Ann Beman
Chair, KGEP Program Manager

Letty Shapiro
Secretary

Stephanie Tam
Treasurer

Laura Otolski
Board Member

Andrew Robie
Board Member

Monique Sullivan
Board Member

 

 

 

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