Aundria Kirchhoff is a horticulture specialist who has spent years working with plants. Her degree from the University of Nebraska is in Greenhouse Management, and she has also completed graduate work from Kansas State University in the area of Horticulture Therapy. She has worked in plant production, garden center management, interior & exterior landscaping, and horticultural education. Aundria owns Grow Hope Farms, a Tower Garden farm in the Lincoln, NE area, growing nutrient-dense, high-quality foods for her customers.
As a Senior Sales Coordinator and an Authorized Commercial Representative with the Tower Farm division of the Juice Plus Company, her passion is helping educate how we can take control of our own food supply and offer hope to so many through better nutrition. She is happily married to Kent, and they have three children, Makenna, Kolton, and Kalen. They make their home just outside of Lincoln, NE.
Chef, Educator, Certified Health Coach, and Food Network Star Aria Kagen shines as an instructor at Brightwater, our culinary school partner.
Classically Trained Chef and Brightwater graduate Kayleen Echegoyen's expertise in greenhouse management make her an asset to the McCauley Foundation team.
Our "Gourmet Goddess" Chef Andrea Benzen brings extensive farming knowledge and culinary expertise to our team. She is passionate about education and local seasonal cuisine.
Executive Director and Educator at Brightwater, A Center for the Study of Food, Chef Marshall Shafkowitz makes the study and craft of food accessible to all - creatively, sustainably, through an entrepreneurial lens.
Chef Tong Trithara is passionate about both culinary and humanitarian efforts. Combining his two passions, he created Thailand Little Ones. A Charity focused on bringing food aid and gardening projects to schools in Thailand.
See Chef Tong in action in the gallery below or visit him on Facebook.
All great sustainable projects have different stakeholders and partners that work together to achieve a common goal. Our goal is to establish a deep-committed relationship with our schools, organizations, suppliers, and their communities to ensure that their tower farms are generating revenue, sustaining fruitful harvests, and solving a need within the community.
Grow Hope Farms pivota continues to be an excellent resource for our farms. They are truly experts within the field of horticulture.
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