BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Nine Square Feet Team is Committed to the Cause
Connie has loved plants all her life with a special fondness for tomatoes! A knowledgeable Master Gardener, her life's purpose is dedicated to this mission and work. She founded the Nine Square Feet nonprofit organization by sharing and pursuing her vision of creating a close knit garden community. Understanding the need to ensure all families have access to fresh produce, Connie dedicates her time to community outreach, education, hosting numerous seed starting workshops, organizing the Nine Square Feet Annual Plant Swap, and ensuring families in need can plant their own garden. Connie's ultimate vision is to grow a Des Moines based food forest for all to enjoy. Helping our community gain access to fresh produce puts a smile on her face every day.
Sara seems to like plants more and more each year. An advanced container gardener, she has recently been developing her garden beds and can't wait to get planting!
As a homeschooling Mom, education and real-life skills are very important to Amy. Growing up with a large and diverse vegetable patch didn't translate to the healthiest eating habits as an adult, but she's making up for lost time. Now, each day brings new gardening and food adventures from growing delicious things for the family to raising host and nectar plants for the pollinators. She's discovered she really likes raw brussel sprouts, steamed broccoli, "fried rice" cauliflower, soups made from eggplant or squash, and raw spinach. Although the goal of an all-purple garden might be hard to achieve, Amy and her daughter delight in finding new colors and textures to grow and enjoy. This year they will also help the Girl Scout troop produce food to donate. They can tell you all about Milkweeds and Monarchs, along with how to raise spinach with no weeds or rabbits. Their dream is a whimsical garden space with living tunnels and edible sculptures.
Roxanne has had a large garden for many years but has finally expanded to her dream farm of 40 acres! She retired from medicine as a Family Practice Physician and moved out to the country to "get away from it all." She still practices medicine part-time, but has trouble fitting it in due to chores! Roxanne's plan is to plant anything that can produce food - in addition to the yearly vegetable garden, she has lots of berries, fruit trees, and seedlings of chestnut, paw paws, Asian pear, persimmons... just to mention a few! Then there are the animals - goats, sheep, ducks, chicken, pigs, dogs, and cats. She says she is truly "livin' the dream"!
Additional Board Members:
Ramona Draper, Vice President
Eric Moore, Board Member
Todd Hibbing, Board Member