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Who We Are

Farming Hope began by two graduate students who had a dream of nourishing dreams and nourishing community through food and job-training. Years later we are still driven by the same core principles that our co-founders wove into the fabric of our work:

Food is a human right. Everyone needs to be needed. Neither food nor human potential should go to waste. Thank you for supporting our Apprentices and our team!

2016

Founded at Stanford Graduate School Lecture

2017

 Started at farmer’s market with Apprentices

2018

Opened cafe in Mission District

2020

Began food security meals program

2021

Opened Refettorio San Francisco

2023

Moved to 690 Van Ness

Our Team

Andie

Andie Sobrepeña
Co-Executive Director

Kerry

Kerry Rodgers
Co-Executive Director

Haley

Haley Nielsen
Development Director

Phil

Chef DJ Hollister 
Culinary Director

Ram

Ramesses Olivares-Ochoa
Refettorio SF
General Manager

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Vianney Trujillo
Program Manager

Anselmo

Anselmo Gonzalez
Chef de Cuisine

Anselmo

Arnold Icasiano Events & Program Manager

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Devon Jordan-McFeely
Cook and Trainer

Anselmo

Mauro Juarez-Ramos Cook & Trainer

Lisa

Melvin Perez
Kitchen Porter & Trainer

Ram

Adrian Lewis
Weekend Meals Program Manager

Lisa

Louisa Montes
Custodian

Lisa

Lisa Frare
Photography Consultant

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Kevin Madrigal
Co-Founder

Anselmo

Jamie Stark
Co-Founder

Board of Directors

Salim Zymet

Salim Shariff
Board Chair

Steph Weiler

Stephanie Weiler
Secretary

Maddy Shannon

Maddy Shannon
Treasurer

Hector Calderon

Hector Calderon
Board Member

Joan Hanawi Carlock
Board Member

Trish

Tricia Chandiramani
Board Member

Kathy Gu

Kathy Gu
Board Member

Michelle Minori

Michelle Minori
Board Member

Emeritus Board Members

Lyndsey Boucherle, Terri Dayal, Shelley Dyer, Michael Fu, Sheena Jain, Xochitl Hernandez, Ilana Lipset, Lucia Gaia Pohlman, Dina Polanco-Mendoza, Savannah Schoelen

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Reports

Farming Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) Tax ID: 83-2393341

 See our Annual Reports (Gratitude reports) and 990’s below.

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.