Team

We are Urban Gardeners who create edible spaces, grow food, and take back the soil.

Our team’s extensive experience in small scale farming, horticulture, soil biology, and gardening brings homegrown vegetables, fruits, and flowers to your front door.

Marianne Zaugg

Marianne ZauggAfter graduating in business, Marianne continued her educational path, studied psychology and opened a consulting practice for development, assessment and management assisting nonprofits. With more than 30 years of work experience, she consulted for the entertainment industry, worked with the public health sector building innovative programs for environment and education, and developed funding for numerous start-up companies.

For the past five years, Marianne worked as the Director of Development at Earthworks Farm to build an innovative educational farm to school program. She initiated an extensive outreach education program to bring the farm to local schools and their students.

Her body of work includes a number of published essays, books and multi-media tools supporting the aspiration of one’s health and wellbeing. Today, Marianne is engaged in working with agencies committed to the building of a sustainable environment through developing strategies for funding and implementing its programs.

Elizabeth Ilana Christy

Elizabeth Ilana ChristyElizabeth graduated in environmental studies form Temple University. She entered an internship under Joanne Donahue, the Manager of Land Restoration at the Schuylkill Center to gain practical skills in horticulture. With the focus of keeping a nursery healthy for the plant sale, she removed invasive plant species from the property, created an educational sensory garden for school education. Thereafter, she worked under Harold Taylor, the head of the West End of Outdoor Horticulture, where she oversaw the orchard, Migratory Bird Sanctuary, vegetable garden, idea garden, trial garden, children’s garden, front gate and grass trial garden.

Today, Elizabeth manages farm to table programs and maintains gardens with native and edible plants. She is engaged in working with schools, where she builds the farm to school program advocating agroecology. Through its programs, she designs landscapes and teaches how to bring drought tolerant species into the garden to help reduce water consumption and promote sustainable living.

Veronica Mercado

Veronica earned her Master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from San Diego State University. For 7 years, Veronica worked as a youth advocate and community organizer, providing therapeutic case management, leadership development, and working to change education policies to improve communities. She currently attends Energetic Health Institute in the Holistic Nutrition Program to continue to empower families and communities to lead healthy lives, promoting a synergistic relationship between food, people, and nature to create sustainable neighborhoods. Today, Veronica assists in managing program development.