Katie Painter is the full time project coordinator for Global Gardens Refugee Agriculture Program at the Idaho Office for Refugees. She has filled this role since 2008. She connects refugees with the land, resources, and training they need to garden or to begin farm businesses in Boise.
Katie has a B.S. in Biology and Spanish from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an M.S. in Ecology and Tropical Conservation and Development from the University of Florida. Katie has been working with small farmers around the world since 1999. Her experiences include Peace Corps work in Agroforestry Extension in Paraguay, research with organic cocoa bean producers in Brazil, assisting with the development of a national extension program for coffee growers in Angola, and consulting on short projects in El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Florida.
Contact Katie with questions about grants, land donations, and other programmatic inquiries.
Lauren began work with Global Gardens as a VISTA volunteer in 2012 and has been the Program Assistant since then.
Lauren received a B.S. in Environmental Plant Studies from Purdue University in 2006. Since graduating she spent a year wwoofing on an organic coffee farm in Honaunau, Hawaii. She then spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines working on marine conservation in a remote village. After completing her service with the Peace Corps she spent two years monitoring and restoring native plants with the Park Service and the Fish and wildlife service in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, on Molokai, on Oahu, and on the Island of Hawaii. She has also worked with Dow Agro-sciences as a protein analyst and spent 3 years working with USDA agricultural research service developing tools to study rust resistance in wheat.
Contact Lauren with questions about CSA, wholesales, and other programmatic inquiries.
Tim McKinley is an Idaho native and developed a passion for farming and sustainable agriculture while serving as an Agroforestry Extension Agent in a rural village in Zambia, Africa with the Peace Corps. After completing his service, Tim attended Northern Arizona University (NAU) where he graduated with a M.A. in Sustainable Communities. While there, Tim trained graduate and undergraduate students in garden construction and maintenance, and facilitated relationship development with local elementary schools in Flagstaff with NAU's School Garden Action Research Team. While in Arizona, Tim worked for the National Park Service as the Environmental Protection Specialist for the Flagstaff Area National Monuments, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Upon returning to Idaho, Tim became involved with agriculture through sitting on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA), and Buy Extension (BE) - BE More, Be Local, as well as working as the Retail Division Manager for Idaho’s Bounty. Currently Tim is increasing his understanding of small-scale farming and CSA program management by working with Morning Owl Farm in Boise.
Americorps VISTA Volunteer
Caitlin McGuire hails from Washington state. She attended Boston University where she received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in International Relations, concentrated on development economics and the environment, and Cultural Anthropology. Caitlin studied in Kenya, as part of her undergraduate degree and completed a fieldwork project studying maize and sorghum production in the rural countryside, which influenced her decision to focus on agriculture in much of her remaining coursework. After college, wanting to expand her horizons with a solid, hands-on, experiential farming knowledge she worked seasons on organic vegetable farms in Montana and Oregon. She also worked inventorying and mapping wilderness areas, at a brewery, and as a baker.
Most recently, Caitlin was a Peace Corp Volunteer in Ethiopia where she served as an Agriculture/Environment volunteer partnered with a Farmer Training Center, in a rural village in the Oromia region. During her service she helped to establish a tree nursery and a beekeeping project, and likes to think she perfected her coffee-making skills in the nation of its orgin.
When she is not honing her agricultural finesse, Caitlin enjoys
hiking, reading, baking, cooking, and a good cup of coffee.
Americorps VISTA Volunteer
Courtney Flynn is joining us fresh off her graduation from the University of Idaho where she studied Wildlife Resources and minored in Fisheries Resources. She is a native to Boise, and fell in love with our program after completing a summer internship with Global Gardens in 2014. Courtney has already made connections with many of the farmers and families that are involved in the Global Gardens community, and we are thrilled to have her back here as an AmeriCorps VISTA. During her time at the University of Idaho, she was able to explore her love for reptiles and amphibians, and completed a research project where she studied Rough Skinned Newts. As a nature lover, she is interested in learning more about agricultural practices that are kind to the earth and sustainable.
In her free time, she enjoys longboard cruises along the Boise River, paddle boarding, listening to sweet tunes, cuddling with her pups, and adventuring outdoors.