Megan Wylder

Program Manager  

Megan Wylder (she/they) 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. 

Steve Karels

Land Stewardship Coordinator

Steve Karels (he/they) is the Land Stewardship Coordinator for the Duluth Community Garden Program. He has been involved with DCGP for seven seasons as a gardener, and in a variety of volunteer roles - site coordinator at Cook Home garden, land stewardship committee member, and board member/co-chair. He graduated from University of Minnesota Duluth in 2018 with a degree in anthropology focused on sustainable food systems, ethnobotany, and environment & sustainability. He currently lives with his partner in downtown Duluth. Steve is also passionate about foraging wild funga & flora, making & enjoying music, everything Lake Superior & soaking up the abundance of beautiful nature spaces found in the Northland. 

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 graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a  Master’s of Environmental Education degree in 2022, with a 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.

Sophie Goeks


Sophie (she/her) is originally from Wisconsin and spent several years exploring different parts of the country before deciding she liked the Midwest best and moved to Duluth. Sophie has been here about two years, during which time she adopted her cat, Toby, came into a number of thriving houseplants, and successfully raised two summers' worth of cherry tomatoes. Sophie has a passion for making (knitted things, sewn things, baked things, anything) and gets a lot of satisfaction from the tidiness of numbers. 

Kayla Pridmore

Communal Garden Manager

Kayla (she/her) is the Communal Garden Manager and is a recent transplant to Duluth. After graduating from U of M Morris with a passion for urban/rural partnerships and building soil she ran an organic vegetable farm in the Fargo Moorhead area for several years. While in Fargo she helped launch an incubator farm program and coordinated educational programs and conferences for the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society. She is thrilled with this chance to dig into the community in Duluth and learn about growing in the north!