Marguerite Green, Executive Director
Margee graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Environmental Horticulture focused on vegetable production. During college Margee began teaching young people about growing food with a focus on emotional well-being as well as food security.
Margee has been teaching young people about vegetable production as well as food and environmental justice for 10+ years. She has taught environmental science in the outdoor classroom with T.R.E.E., was the founding manager of Press Street Gardens, has taught at the New York Botanical Garden and has been a consultant for projects throughout the Gulf South. She is trained in Horticulture Therapy and pursuing professional certification as a Horticulture Therapist through the Chicago Botanical Garden.
In addition to her work with SPROUT NOLA, Margee is a co-organizer of The New Orleans Flower Collective, an organizer for the Greater New Orleans Growers’ Alliance and Louisiana chapter of the National Young Farmers’ Coalition, a certified arborist, horticulturist and florist. Margee owns and operates a flower farm and design studio, Fat River Flower Farm, in New Orleans where she co-farms with her SPROUT partner Emily.
Taiyiana Robinson, Programs Manager 2018-2019
Taiyiana Robinson is a New Orleans native and was born not far from where the Refresh Community Farm is located in the Tremé-Lafitte neighborhood. She is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans where she studied Sociology. At Loyola she participated in many volunteer and social justice initiatives as a social justice scholar. She also served as a peer mentor for other first-generation college students in First in the Pack.
Taiyiana began volunteering for SPROUT in September 2017 as a part of her service learning requirement for a food justice course. After her semester term ended, she enjoyed it so much that she became a community gardener. In June 2018, she was selected to be one of fourteen Newman’s Own Foundation fellows and became SPROUT’s first full-time employee. She hopes to form meaningful connections with the community while learning about healthy and sustainable living.
Gabe Jimenez-Ekman, PROGRAMS MANAGER 2019-2020
Gabe Jimenez-Ekman graduated from Kenyon College in 2019 with a degree in Sociology and a concentration in Environmental Studies. At Kenyon, he immersed himself in rural America by living and working at the school’s student-run farm and conducting an oral history project in the surrounding area that examined the meaning of community. After working as an organizer for Food & Water Watch in Chicago, he began to apply ideas about community to grassroots activism and social and environmental justice.
In April 2019, Gabe received one of fourteen Newman’s Own Foundation fellowships and was placed in New Orleans to work with SPROUT NOLA. During his time at SPROUT, Gabe hopes to continue to learn about the relationship between food and communities, and eat as much okra as he can.
Emily Mickley-Doyle, Board President, Founder of SPROUT NOLA
Emily Mickley-Doyle earned her B.A. in Sociology from Loyola University New Orleans in 2008. After working in the disabilities field, HIV, and youth fields, she decided that the best way she could make a direct impact is to grow food and to make sure that others have the resources and opportunities to do the same. After growing market gardens throughout the city, she co-founded SPROUT NOLA in 2011.
In addition to her work with SPROUT NOLA, Emily is a member of the Greater New Orleans Growers’ Alliance and Louisiana chapter of the National Young Farmers’ Coalition. Emily believes that veggies nourish our bodies, and flowers nourish our hearts.