Ben Brock, Program Manager
Ben joined us as farm manager in March of 2022, having most recently served as director of farm development at Little Buddy Farm in Fruitland, Idaho. He grew up in Hailey and has lived in Boise since 2001. Ben is an avid rafter, hiker, skier and biker and spends as much time outdoors with his family as his busy farming schedule will allow. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Williams College and completed a master's degree in leadership for sustainability at the University of Vermont. Prior to his career in farming, Ben guided on the Middle Fork of the Salmon and then served as the outdoor program director at Riverstone International School, where he led K-12 students on adventures around Idaho and the West.
Karyn Levin, Food Hub Coordinator
Karyn received her Master of Social Work from Boise State and has used her macro-level approach to contribute to community organizing campaigns, local policy and legislation, and most recently working with Boise’s refugee population during her time with Jannus’ Economic Opportunity. Her new role as Food Hub Coordinator allows Karyn to combine her love of all things outdoors, sustainable cultivation, and collective thriving through community building. Karyn is eager to work on connecting Global Gardens farmers to opportunities in the Treasure Valley, and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty along the way!
Jordan Unger, Operations Assistant
Jordan was born and raised in Boise and recently moved back after spending most of the last decade living out of state. Most recently, he received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana where he gained a deep appreciation for writing and telling the stories of marginalized groups of people. Jordan has a variety of different professional work experiences including working in outdoor education, on small vegetable farms and as a journalist. He is excited to join the Global Garden’s team as the Operations Assistant and particularly enjoys the community building aspect inherent in farming. Outside of work, Jordan enjoys reading, discovering new international music and any type of aquatic situation.
Oliver Nsabimana, Operations & Safety Coordinator
Oliver attended Gambella University in Ethiopia to study disaster risk management and sustainable development. He chose his course of study as he saw the effects of heat and drought take hold of Ethiopia first-hand. Oliver has two parts of his heart. One half belongs to the land and creating sustainable farming methods that are good for the planet and the farmer. The other half of his heart thrives working in community. Oliver is a bridge in Global Gardens’ operations, communicating with the farmers, buyers, and community members. Serving as Operations and Safety Coordinator, Oliver lives with his whole heart, his mind, and a lot of muscle work on the farm.
David Goff, Farm Assistant
David Goff is a passionate farmer from Boise who is dedicated to sustainable and organic farming practices that prioritize the health of the soil and the environment. David's deep love and respect for the land inspired him to pursue his dream of regenerative agriculture where he focuses on restoring soil health, reducing waste, and creating a sustainable future for generations to come. He firmly believes that the way we treat the land has a direct impact on the environment including soil health, water quality, and food nutrition. He is also a proud owner of a young yellow Labrador named Babe who shares his love for the farm.