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Springfield Community Gardens works with a network of volunteer community gardens and market farms to grow healthy food, build relationships, and generate social capital with each new garden.

We connect neighborhood leaders in Springfield, Missouri, with available land—acquired through public and private channels. We provide technical assistance for regenerative agriculture techniques, land and a living wage to beginning farmers through our apprenticeship and internship programs. SCG also offers guidance and financial support to create a city-wide infrastructure for the quickly growing garden movement.

Working together, hand in soiled hand, Springfield residents of all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds can establish a more connected and aware community that empowers one another toward a common goal.

Promotional video for Springfield Community Gardens in Springfield, Missouri for screening at the Wildcraft event on 1 June 2019.

Our Board

Board Chair

M. Aaron Little

Managing Director,


Ashley Krug

Market Development & Sustainability Coordinator, Department of Environmental Services,
City of Springfield


Jason Ray

Executive Director, Southwest Missouri Council of Governments


Christina Fugitt-Griffiths

Retired farm-to-table restaurateur


Reggie Harris

Banking Applications Trainer, Jack Henry;
Founder, Harris Multifaceted


Anita Kuhns

Grant Beach resident and Greene County Democrat Central Committee, Ward 27;
Member of Baha’i Spiritual Council


Brenda Tunstill

Corporate Compliance Officer, Jordan Valley Community Health Center


Kyle Harmon

Member Attorney, Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC


Rev Fr. Theodore Niklasson

CEO, Holy Archangels Retreat Center


Hannah Major

Paralegal, Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd, PLLC;
Grant Writer, Freelance

Our Staff

Every day, we work together to support positive health outcomes, increase economic opportunities and food security in our area—using best practices in natural resource conservation methods and sustainable agriculture. (And we have fun doing it!) Get to know our team.

Founding Executive Director

Maile Auterson

Project Coordinator

Nate Remington

Farm Incubator Program Manager

Anneliese Kerr

Community Gardens Coordinator

Amanda Drewel

Farmer and Resource Development Manager

Anna Withers

Infrastructure Manager

Drew Bandy

Market Garden Site Manager

Kaitlin Hewitt

Amanda Belle's Site Manager

Cameron Bigbee

E. Stanford Market Garden Site Manager

Bill Blair

Pack Shed Manager

Emma Freitas

Pack Shed Assistant

Kindra Ritter

Farm Assistant

Katie White

Farm Assistant

Emily Cline

Community Development Coordinator

Stephanie Handy

Community Development Coordinator

Shanna Borthick

help support our gardens

2022 SCG Stats

Community gardens strengthen neighborhoods

Find out how you can support our mission through donating funds or volunteering your time.

Our Partners