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Community Mercantile Education Foundation

The mission of Community Mercantile Education Foundation is to nourish and inspire personal well being, strengthen community connections, and support sustainable, local food systems.

We fulfill our mission by creating beautiful and productive gardens, developing youth leaders, and using food as a transformative path to health.

 

 

Board Members

Marlin Bates - President

Dennis “Boog” Highberger - Vice President

Judy Paley - Secretary

Marianne Wille - Treasurer

Deb Rake

Vanessa Sanburn


 

Executive director

Nancy O'Connor

project assitant

Jim Lewis

Garden Assistants

Elise Gard

Freshman, University of Kansas

Alex Gard

Junior, Free State High School

Ruby McClendon

Sophomore, Free State High School

These members of our garden staff are employees of The Merc Co+op, a generous partner of our work in the garden.

These members of our garden staff are employees of The Merc Co+op, a generous partner of our work in the garden.

 

 

 

Garden Mentors

Taisha Spates

Sophomore, Free State High School

Maggie Li

Sophomore, Free State High School

STUDENT GARDENERS

Arthur Benson

Freshman, Free State High School

Kohana Mehl-McKee

Freshmen, Free State High School

Aidan Schmitz

Freshmen, Free State High School