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Who we are:  Independence Gardens is a parent-led non-profit organization founded in 2013. Our overall mission is to connect kids with food through actionable, impactful nutrition education programs.  This is accomplished through partnership with our schools and community.  It begins with an experiential edible, outdoor learning space (Apple Project) to our hands-on student-led (and Chef driven) Come and Eat IT! Campaign.  This collaborative approach provides every child an engaging, meaningful, and transformative education experience that is Action based, Playful, Passionate, Leadership focused, and Engaging. Independence Gardens’ programs foster and develop in children life skills such as self-esteem, leadership, decision-making, nutrition, and love of community.


Our Team:


Chonnie Richey                                                                  

Founder, Executive Director                                                                           

Eunice Cruz

Director of Operations


Abhay Sawant                                                                  



Christie Redrow

Director, Corporate Relations


Jenny Proznik

Director, District Liaison

Chef Robby Hooker                                                            

Director, Nutrition, Executive Chef, Aramark                          

Sarah Allen

Director, Curriculum

Chef Oscar Miranda

Director, Nutrition, Wholesomegrub



501 C3  EIN:  46-2098916   

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