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Who We Are

When we started Farming Hope in 2016, we began working alongside folks still unhoused, and those who had made it out. The common theme was that everyone who “got out” had responsibility and ownership at the support organizations they worked with. We called this universal principle the “need to be needed.” We mean it when we say: You are needed to build this change. Over the years we’ve hired back seven graduates to permanent staff, and continue to build a team with deeper empathy and relatable experience. Thank you to the broader Farming Hope community for supporting our team and our Apprentices.

2016

Founded at Stanford FEED Collaborative

2017

Started farmers market popup

2018

Opened restaurant at Manny’s

2019

Three graduates hired to staff

2020

Served over 50,000 community meals

2021

Opened Refettorio San Francisco

Our Team

Jamie

Jamie Stark
Executive Director,
Co-founder

Andie

Andie Sobrepeña
Operations Director

Allie

Allie Schaffer
Refettorio SF General Manager

Anselmo

Anselmo Gonzalez
Refettorio SF
Kitchen Manager

Kerry

Kerry Rodgers
Deputy Director

Haley

Haley Nielsen
Development Manager

Phil

Phil Saneski
Culinary Manager

Manolo

Manolo Pizarro Briceño
Manny’s Kitchen Manager

Lisa

Lisa Frare
Manny’s Front of House Manager

vianney

Vianney Trujillo
Program Manager

Jeremiah

Jeremiah Daniel
Garden Co-Manager

Jacey

Jacey Jeffrey
Garden Co-Manager

Kevin Madrigal
Co-founder, Advisor

Board of Directors

Shelley

Shelley Dyer
Board Chair

Lyndsey

Lyndsey Boucherle
Vice Chair

Ilana

Ilana Lipset
Secretary

Michael Fu

Michael Fu

Lucia

Lucia Gaia Pohlman

Xochi

Xochitl Hernandez

Sheena

Sheena Jain

Savannah

Savannah Schoelen

Salim Zymet

Salim Zymet

Join us in the fight

 Farming Hope is different — we pay Apprentices while they learn in our program.
Paying people makes sense, but costs dollars.