Rabiou Manzo, Program Manager
Rabiou grew up farming with his family in Niger before immigrating to Russia and then to the U.S., settling in Nampa with his wife and two daughters. Rabiou earned a Master of Science in Veterinary Science from the National Agricultural University of Kiev, Ukraine, and a second master’s from the University of Idaho in Animal Physiology. Rabiou is fluent in six languages, DOJ accredited in immigration law, certified as a trauma healing facilitator and has been an instructor at Boise State University. Rabiou brings strong management and teaching skills and deep knowledge of farming practices.
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.
Ben Brock, Farm 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!