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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


Kortnie Beckman

Business Advisory Specialist, The Whitlock Co.


Anita Kuhns

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


Jamie Thomas

Director of Property and Operations at Green Circle Projects


Brenda Tunstill

Corporate Compliance Officer, Jordan Valley Community Health Center


Kyle Harmon

Member Attorney, Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC


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

Amanda Belle's Site Manager

Cameron Bigbee

E. Stanford Market Garden Site Manager

Bill Blair

Flower Production Manager

Kaitlin Hewitt

Market Garden Co-Site Manager

Kindra Ritter

Market Garden Co-Site Manager

Katie White

Director of Food Hub Operations

Emma Freitas

Farm Coach

Kevin Prather

Farm Assistant

Emily Cline

Farm Assistant

Alex Geeslin

Community Gardens Coordinator

Emilee Blansit

Farmer and Resource Development Manager

Anna Withers

Community Development Coordinator

Stephanie Handy

Community Development Coordinator

Shanna Borthick

Project Coordinator

Nate Remington

Administrative Assistant

Katherine Kranjec

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Our Partners