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.

2018 Board of Directors

Valerie Whiting
Board Chair

Paige Billen-Frye

Ann Beman
KGEP Program Manager

Andrew Robie
Board Member

Ivie Baker
Board Member

Brittany Watts
Board Member




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