Mat is an Indy native whose been committed to urban gardening, farming and food access since 2007. Mat has lead and supported farming programs in his hometown, Milwaukee, New Orleans and Senegal, West Africa. He's participated in the local food system of Indianapolis in variety of ways: as a farmer, line cook, food service union representative, food justice advocate and advisor to several prominent local food/gardening organizations. Aside from gardening, Mat is a creative and community organizer that uses his art and engagement to help people understand food justice issues in his community.
Growing up the daughter of two Deadhead attorneys just north of Indianapolis, Colleen has been surrounded by forests and fields since day one. Her interests in nature and conservation expanded as she completed her degree in Wildlife at Purdue University to include organic agriculture and education. After several seasonal adventures in environmental education, she settled close to her roots and honed her skills as a teacher at a local charter school and a horticulturist at Garfield Park Conservatory in Indianapolis. She also cofounded a yoga studio and herb school with her husband. Her current position as Garden Educator is the perfect combination of her many passions and talents.
Originally from Louisville, KY, Laura has lived in Australia, Norway, Finland, Portugal and Slovenia, but today she enjoys strong roots in Indianapolis, IN. A serendipitous string of events involving yoga, a raw milk cow-share and a front porch egg-CSA lead Laura to start the Indy Winter Farmers Market in 2008 and found Growing Places Indy in 2010. Ever since she has been driving forward the vision for healthier communities through real food and mind-body education. Laura is delighted to bring her experience and commitment to Big Green and to bring Learning Gardens to Indianapolis schools. Away from work, Laura teaches yoga and enjoys time - mostly involving good food - with family and friends. She completed a BA from Butler University in 2000 and an MBA from the Bled School of Management in Slovenia in 2014.
Born and raised in Indianapolis as the daughter of a teacher, Megan grew a passion for empowering youth at an early age. She is a lifelong avid cook and recognizes the power of food to unite the community. Prior to joining Big Green, Megan spent 7 years working with youth-focused non-profit organizations in a variety of fundraising roles. She holds a BA in Family & Community Services from Michigan State University. In her spare time, she enjoys being an active civic volunteer, spending time outdoors, and traveling with her husband James, two dogs, Izzo and Wyatt, and small flock of urban chickens