Chelsea Taxman (Education Director)
Chelsea completed her Permaculture Design Certification with Lost Valley Education Center in Dexter, OR in 2010. An Omaha native, she is excited to once again share her passions with the Omaha community: offering healthy food choices, educating children about sustainable gardening, community and playing outside. Chelsea has been seen around town as a yoga instructor, volunteer, activist, herbalist and song writer. She makes an effort to include these activities into Truck Farm, too.
Chelsea also received the 2013 Earth Day Omaha: Friend of the Environment award.
Maranda Allbritten (Assistant Educator)
Maranda hails from Kentucky where she grew up making mud pies and playing on tobacco wagons. A backyard gardener, printmaker, and lover of summer heat, she made her way to Nebraska a few years ago where she completed her MFA in Studio Art from UNL. Maranda rides around as an educator with Truck Farm, brainstorming with Chelsea and getting her hands dirty with a bunch of great kids. When winter’s hibernation is complete, you’ll find Maranda printing t-shirts at the Gifford Park Farmer’s Market, developing youth & outreach programming for Joslyn Art Museum, or digging around in her backyard.
Dan grew up planting vegetables in the backyard with his parents. He has worked on a variety of sustainable farms across the country as an environmental educator. He has spent time in various children museums and as a mentor for middle school students. Dan served as the Director of the Dartmouth Outdoor Orientation Program, which introduces over 1,100 students to Dartmouth annually through the outdoors. When he isn’t glued to the computer making movies, you’ll probably find him outdoors playing with his dog, running through the park, or tooling around in the garden.
Andrew grew up in Omaha afraid to try the tomatoes his Dad grew in the backyard. Fortunately, he has seen the light and developed an intense love and appreciation for locally grown food. Throughout college Andrew volunteered with children in a local elementary. He has also worked as a trainer with kids in the Elkhorn Soccer Club. Andrew is excited about inspiring children to try the same vegetables he used to refuse. When he isn’t working on Growing Cities or Truck Farm he is filming and taking photographs, playing music, watching his favorite soccer team lose, and engaging in the Omaha arts community.
Truck Farm Omaha is looking for responsible, passionate volunteers that support our mission this growing season. We hope to have volunteers with some experience working with children and sustainable agriculture.
Send an email with your background and your vision for involvement to Chelsea: truckfarmomaha(at)gmail.com
Learn more about Andrew and Dan’s movie, Growing Cities, on their website: http://www.growingcitiesmovie.com