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.
Strategic Development Consultant
Todd brings a unique skill set to Fresh Future Farm. He has more than a decade of experience helping local organizations develop in positive and effective ways. He is a professional educator, grantwriter, nonprofit consultant (GrowPurpose.com) and volunteer with a deep commitment to meaningful community development.
He also has a strong background in both technology and media which he has put to use as the founder of CharlestonGOOD.com, a collaborative community media project that supports positive people, projects, and possibilities in the Lowcountry. After working for the Coastal Community Foundation, where he gained an insider’s perspective on what drives grantmakers, Todd embarked on a nonprofit consulting career that allowed him to provide even more hands-on support to community organizations and individuals working to make Charleston a better place for us all. His list of clients includes Lowcountry Earth Force, Allen University, Lowcountry Aids Services, SC Association of Community Development Corporations, and HALOS, just to name a few.
Todd is also no stranger to more complex institutional collaborations. Todd spent a year working for the College of Charleston’s Center for Cultural Diversity where he developed and supported community programs and served as a liaison between students and local groups. Todd has also volunteered as a board member for a number of community organizations, including Foundation for Health, South Carolinians for Drug Law Reform, Lowcountry Environmental Education Programs, Sea Island Technology, and theBlack Family Land Trust. Todd will be responsible for all Fresh Future Farm marketing, fundraising, and technology, as well as the development of strategic community partnerships necessary for us to thrive.
Farm Manager; CurlyTopCrop guru
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 can still be found slinging bottles of PBR 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 is also subleasing rows from the farm for her hugely popular Curly Top Crops specialty greens.
Farm Manager In TrainingAlong with living with the CEO his entire life, AJ is a rising senior who brings a great sense of humor to the farm. He’s great at using his engineering mind to find ways to complete all tasks before the heat sets in.
Farm Store ManagerDespite being allergic to most things outside (we’re working on it), this young lady has been a great addition to the farm. Not only can she design a great outfit, but she is also wonderful at organizing the store and getting her CEO mom on task – you should see all the lists around here!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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
Karen Latsbaugh, Treasurer
Founder, Cities + Shovels LLC
Karen Mae Black
Writer, communications professional, and erstwhile filmmaker. She is the founder and host of Truth Is, Charleston’s monthly live storytelling show featuring true, personal stories told by people from all walks of life.
John Bukofser, Secretary
Property Management of Charleston (and Graduate of North Charleston's Citizens Academy - hence the get up)