STAFF AND BOARD
CEO, Farm + Market Director
Germaine’s life experiences in Charleston as a public housing resident and food stamp recipient, a Lowcountry Food Bank employee, a North Charleston homeowner, a garden volunteer, a single mom, a former board chair for an area CDC and a budding entrepreneur, give her several competitive insights and advantages which will ensure the success of Fresh Future Farm.
- As a Kid’s Cafe Cook and Nutrition Coordinator for the Lowcountry Food Bank for seven years, she has expertise in teaching and offering cooking demonstrations that simplify and ‘healthify’ popular cultural fare.
- Representing Metanoia CDC, Germaine was able to complete training in Community Economic Development, Neighborhood Revitalization (which includes Place-making) and Community Engagement through Neighborworks America and witnessed successful food justice based community redevelopment in cities like Philadelphia, Detroit, Cincinnati and Portland. Her urban farming aspirations were ignited after participating in a Growing Power Weekend Workshop at the Women’s Environmental Institute in North Branch, MN.
- As Metanoia’s Community Garden Coordinator Germaine applied her skills as a Clemson Extension Master Garden and her Neighborworks place-making training to help bring together neighborhood residents, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, volunteers and city government to transform a vacant city owned lot into Chicora Place Community Garden – a neighborhood treasure that grows healthy food and relationships. Over the last six years she has obtained a Master’s Degree from ‘Google University’ and a PhD from Youtube in permaculture.
- Germaine obtained Commercial Urban Agriculture certification from Growing Power in May 2014 and completed Permaculture Design Certification in August of the same year.
- She is a ServSafe Certified trainer and proctor who has led over 50 classes for students of all educational levels.
LaToya was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has lived in Missouri and Iowa before settling into Memphis, Tennessee. She has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Memphis. Since moving to Charleston, she has studied Sports & Nutrition Medicine at Trident Technical College.
Her F&B career began in college in Memphis. In the Lowcountry, LaToya has worked for Taco Boy, Xiao Bao Biscuit and as a TIPS certified bartender at the Recovery Room.
Over the years she has volunteered at the Green Heart Project, Louie’s Kids, and the Lowcountry Food Bank. It was during that time that LaToya realized her passion for fresh food, nutrition and exercise and her desire to educate youth and adults on making healthier food choices. She had to educate herself on how to grow produce and how these items can be affordable and accessible to all. In 2016, LaToya participated in Lowcountry Local First’s Growing New Farmers program and was paired with Fresh Future Farm and the rest is history. In March of 2017, she became FFF’s Farm Manager and in the colder months, her Sassy Salad mix is a Lowcountry phenomenon.
Store Manager (coming back soon!!!)
There would be no farm without hubby lending his support day in and day out. The perk for all of us is that his kindness has an impact on our livestock and animals in general it seems.
This 19-year-old prodigy started ‘volunteering’ when he was 15. Four years later, he’s managing interns and more. Cannot be more proud!
Admin/Special Projects Coordinator
Our very own Stylechild fixes my life on a regular basis. When the rain stops, they’ll be painting a 50 foot mural of the history of the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood. All that and a soon-to-be fashion design grad – WOW!!!!
BOARD & ADVISORS
Fresh Future Farm’s volunteer Board of Directors is governed by professional men and women with strong ties to the southern portion of North Charleston, SC.
Mahwish McIntosh, Board Chair
Berkeley County School District; EVO Pizzeria
John Bukofser, Secretary
Property Management of Charleston (and Graduate of North Charleston's Citizens Academy - hence the get up)
Retired President, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
Todd Chas (FFF Co-founder)
Cities + Shovels LLC