Our Staff

Denzel Mitchell, Jr., Executive Director | denzel@farmalliancebaltimore.org

Denzel Mitchell Jr. has served as an educator, organizer, cook, librarian and farmer.  He and other urban agriculturalists worked together to organize and found the Farm Alliance of Baltimore.  In November 2012, he completed Future Harvest-CASA’s Beginning Farmer Training Program and then with the help of a chef and food historian, he brought a nearly-forgotten heirloom, Baltimore’s Fish Pepper, back to the Chesapeake region’s culinary palette. He, his family, and a cadre of supporters and volunteers operated Five Seeds Farm from 2008 until 2016. From 2012 to spring of 2017, Denzel mentored several new farmers, organized farmers’ markets, advised others in starting small farms, community gardens, food co-ops and food businesses. He taught and mentored young people at several Baltimore City public schools and after-school programs. Denzel spent a year as the production manager at Real Food Farm. He served as the Farms To School Coordinator at Great Kids Farm. He was the Brownfields Coordinator for Baltimore City’s Office of Planning. He was the farm manager at Strength To Love 2 for 3 seasons.  He has served on the production committee of several urban farms including Real Food Farm, Whitelock Community Farm, Boone Street Farm and Great Kids Farm. He has served on the board of directors for the Friends of Great Kids Farm, Belair-Edison Neighborhood, Inc. and Acres4Change. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Farm Alliance. Denzel loves to eat, cook and play with his family and friends. He lives in Union Square with his wife and children. Contact Denzel at denzel@farmalliancebaltimore.org

Skher Brown, Finance & Administrative Manager | skher@farmalliancebaltimore.org

Skher is a lifelong martial artist who gained his non-profit experience through an organization to preserve his traditional art form of Capoeira Angola.  In his career work, he has served as a business owner-operator, non-profit executive director, teaching artist, choreographer and performer, k-12 and college instructor, law librarian, and lineman worker. Skher is a proud Southerner–born and raised in Florida and graduating from the HBCU of Florida A&M University. He as been a resident of Baltimore since 2003 and is father to three school-age sons. Skher can be reached at skher@farmalliancebaltimore.org

Alison Worman, Programs Manager | programs@farmalliancebaltimore.org

Alison Worman grew up tending a small backyard garden in the city of Milwaukee, WI. Shortly after moving to Baltimore in 2008, she was introduced to the city’s food landscape through working at Whitelock Community Farm. Her experience managing Whitelock from 2014-2018 was instrumental in building her commitment to supporting urban agriculture through advocacy and collaboration. Alison is a 2013 graduate of the Future Harvest Beginner Farmer Training Program and has worked at several urban and rural farms. She is thrilled to continue to work among an amazing network in her role as Programs Manager. If you would like to learn more about the Farm Alliance of Baltimore’s programs please contact her at programs@farmalliancebaltimore.org

Myeasha Taylor, Farm Manager | myeasha@farmalliancebaltimore.org

Myeasha Taylor began growing food in an elementary school garden club and later returned to it in her college senior year as a member of the Morgan State University Garden Club. For the last decade, she has strengthened her skills in sustainable farming, education and leadership by training various ages in urban agriculture production and managing/stewarding several community gardens and organic urban farms under three acres along the MidAtlantic seaboard with various nonprofit and for profit entities. Myeasha is committed to building an equitable food system that  builds economic development and sufficiency in communities combating food apartheid. She is a longstanding member of Farm Alliance Baltimore since her early days in Americorps, a member of Future Harvest CASA, and the Black Dirt Farm Collective. In her role as Farm Manager, she will be managing the Black Butterfly Teaching Farm. She can be contacted at myeasha@farmalliancebaltimore.org 

Andy Szentendrei, Production Coordinator | farmer@farmalliancebaltimore.org

Andy Szentendrei moved to Baltimore City from Vermont in April of 2021. He joined the Farm Alliance of Baltimore shortly after in early June as the Production Assistant for the first year of the BBUFA program. Early in 2022 he became a full time staff member and gained the title of Production Technician where he oversees and maintains the demonstration farm in Curtis Bay. His background is in high intensity greenhouse growing specializing in tomatoes and peppers in the summer and spinach and salad greens in the winter. He has a broad base of knowledge from crop management to greenhouse construction down to the electrical work.

Emily Castle, Office Administrator | emily@farmalliancebaltimore.org

Emily, originally from Pennsylvania, settled in Baltimore in June 2021. Her passion for food systems emerged during college, where she cultivated a thriving food forest on campus alongside her environmental studies. Since then, she has pursued her passion for plants at arboretums, botanical gardens, and even an environmental publishing company where she helped develop the book Tiny Victory Gardens: growing food without a yard. Most recently, she managed the veggie department of Edible Eden Baltimore Foodscapes. Outside of work, you may find Emily practicing yoga or working in her small but mighty vegetable garden. She is thrilled to return to her non-profit roots at the Farm Alliance, supporting crucial work in food equity and community building, while keeping everything running smoothly with her passion for spreadsheets.

Claire Green, Farm Crew Member

Claire Green (she/them) is a New Orleans native, a farmer and a student of herbalism. Claire is a mother and partner who has a deep passion for plant medicine and animal husbandry. She enjoys dancing as a form of therapy when she’s not working. Claire has been living in Maryland for three years and is thrilled to be building a community here.

Claudia Torrieri, Farm Crew Member

Claudia Torrieri (she/her) graduated from the Institute of Applied Agriculture at UMD in 2020 and holds a sustainable Ag Certification. Over the past year, she has gained valuable experience working on various farms that grew flowers, vegetables, cannabis, and herbs. This summer, Claudia is excited to establish connections and learn from all the farmers in her community.

Rivan Rinaldi, YSEALI Sustainable Development Fellow

Rivan joins the Farm Alliance from Aceh, Indonesia through the YSEALI (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative) Professional Fellowship Program. Rivan is a plant scientist with a specialization in natural resource management. His expertise includes plant production systems, crop system analysis, and plant biotechnology. In Indonesia he works with coconut farmers and is an expert in coconut best management practices, agronomy of coconut, intercropping and organic certification.