Amanda Austin, Co-Founder and Director
A Denton native who has been inspired by her family heritage in farming since early childhood. She earned her degree in Visual Arts from UNT. Between college semesters she completed a season as a farm educator at Hidden Villa, an organic farm and education center in Bay Area, CA. During her final semester she worked as a farm hand at Cardo’s Sprout Farm, on the land where CFP currently resides. In 2010 Amanda lived and worked as an apprentice on Common Ground Farm in Beacon, NY. She then moved home to establish Cardo’s Farm Project. Her work at CFP includes tending the fields, maintaining the farm business, and developing farm programming. Amanda believes in the significance of farming in our lives and works to use the farm to provide opportunities to learn about positive change.
A Denton native who earned her master’s degree in Women’s Studies from UNT. While studying she volunteered at Cardo’s Sprout Farm. She grew to love farming through the influence of her dear friend Amanda Austin. After graduating Marie volunteered at GRUB, an urban youth farm and food source project in Lubbock, Texas. During 2011 she lived and worked on a ranch in Arkansas apprenticing as a farmhand. She is interested in incorporating herbalism, biodynamics and food access programming to the practices at CFP. Marie believes in social justice and feels sustainable farming provides solutions to many current social problems. When we touch the land, we reconnect to ourselves and heal. Each planted seed a revolutionary act, each involved in the farm a revolutionary.
A farmer from Putnam Valley, NY who has been active in the ecological farming movement since 2005. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 2009. He also completed two seasonal apprenticeships on Common Ground Farm in Beacon, NY, two seasons of orchard work in Brewster, NY and migrant farm work throughout northern California. As the first farm manager of Cardo’s Farm Project he helped establish the infrastructure and field operations for the farm’s first two years (2010-2012). His hard work, creativity, and dedication significantly contributed to the successful development of Denton’s first community farm. Daniel now lives in his home town of Putnam Valley, New York and is often consulted for farming advice and wisdom.