Megan Wylder

Program Manager

Megan Wylder is the Program Manager for the Duluth Community Garden Program. She previously worked for DCGP as a MN GreenCorps member and Land Stewardship Coordinator, and is thrilled to be back in a new role. Megan graduated from Carleton College in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Studies focused on Food and Agriculture, and has been gardening, working on farms, and doing food systems work ever since. She is currently starting a homestead with her family just outside of Duluth. In addition to growing food, she enjoys knitting, weaving, and spending time in the woods.

Starr Brainard

Land Stewardship Coordinator

Starr Brainard is the Land Stewardship Coordinator of the Duluth Community Garden Program. Starr earned an undergraduate degree in environmental studies in 2014 and since has devoted her career to sustainable small-scale agriculture. In 2015, she worked for the Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. In 2016, she conducted Fulbright research on permaculture food systems in Alberta, Canada. Starr is very happy to be back home in Minnesota - to share with and learn from the community here in Duluth. Starr also owns and operates Saltless Sea Urban Farm in Lincoln Park.

Haley Diem

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Haley coordinates the One Vegetable One Community program, and is also the Resident Urban Farmer for DCGP's Giving Gardens. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the Master’s of Environmental Education program, where her research focus is sustainable agriculture and food education. Haley’s vocation is to combine her experiences and passions for both teaching and farming, and provide quality experiential learning opportunities to support our community in being healthy happy informed individuals while creating a more sustainable local food system.

Aimee Kaufmann


Meet DCGP’s new bookkeeper, Aimee! Aimee Kaufmann has happily taken over as bookkeeper for the Garden Program since Barb passed the torch. Having spent her whole career between the West Coast and Midwest working with Farmers and Ranchers, Aimee is happy to be settled back in her home state with her Newfoundland, SweetPea. An avid supporter of agriculture you can find her shopping the farmers markets to spend time with her favorite farmers or at home plotting out her newest venture, mini cows! Aimee is so happy to be a part of the DCGP and can’t wait to see what things we can grow this season.

Deb Smith

Communal Garden Manager at the Emerald Community Garden

Deb Smith is returning in the role as Emerald Communal Garden Manager to assist gardeners with growing healthy vegetables and harvesting fruits. The communal garden concept was created at Emerald to create shared space to grow a variety of produce among the gardeners. Emerald garden also is a site for DCGP's Little Seed Library. Deb has been a gardener at Emerald since its inception. She has inspired and empowered gardeners to practice organic methods. Deb is a participant in the Bimaaji'idwin Producer Training program on the Fond du Lac Reservation that assisted in the launch of her enterprise First Foods Farm & Seeds in Duluth.