The Fork Farms mission

Our mission is to unleash the power of fresh food production for happier, healthier people. We empower a collaborative community of growers with the most efficient and transformative vertical farming technology on the planet. We are reinventing the global food system to accelerate local access to fresh food and inspire healthier living for all.

Our Values

Empowerment

Leading sustained social change

Unconventional

Cultivating the path less traveled

Inclusive

Breaking barriers

Integrity

Doing the greatest good, always

Relentless

Pursuing the best

Humility

Serving people and planet

Our History

Fork Farms started with the simple idea that growing your own food has the power to create positive change. During the summer of 2010, Fork Farms co-founder Alex Tyink volunteered at a rooftop garden in Brooklyn, New York growing food for a neighborhood pantry. At the end of the summer, Alex was given a bag of fresh food to take home as a token of appreciation for his service. He had never grown his own food before. And as simple as it sounds, that bag of fresh produce changed him forever.

The summer of 2010 ignited a chain of events that would lead to the cognizance of the power of growing fresh food and its ability to bring about happier, healthier people. Alex realized that involvement and engagement provides opportunity for connection. Connection leads to real, sustainable change. He wanted to create a way that breaks down barriers to fresh food and give everyone the power to grow their own food in a sustainable and transformative way.

The over decade-long journey has seen Fork Farms transform from an independent contractor, building rooftop gardens, a garage-based hydroponic prototype made out of wood, to four generations of Flex Farms, and partnerships with organizations across the globe. To date, Fork Farms has been involved in over 1,000 Flex Farm installations across the United States and globally.

Global Impact

Expanding Educational Resources around the world

38 States

7 Countries

Canada
Denmark
Israel
Netherlands
Romania
Sweden
United States

Fork Farms team

The Fork Farms team is made up of passionate individuals from varying and unique backgrounds, united by our collective belief that anyone can be a farmer. Together, we work to reinvent the global food system to accelerate local access to fresh food and inspire healthier living for all.

Lalu Bere

Brand Vice President

Lalu Berè

Lalu Bere

Brand Vice President

Lalu Berè

Kevin Boyle

Cultivation Director

Kevin Boyle

Kevin Boyle

Cultivation Director

Kevin Boyle

Kit Collins

Partnership Development Leader

Kit Collins

Kit Collins

Partnership Development Leader

Kit Collins

Josh Mahlik

Partnership Development Director

Josh Mahlik

Josh Mahlik

Partnership Development Director

Josh Mahlik

Sue Malesa

Partnership Development Director

Sue Malesa

Sue Malesa

Partnership Development Director

Sue Malesa

Megan Pirelli

Brand Content Director

Megan Pirelli

Megan Pirelli

Brand Content Director

Megan Pirelli

Gil Shaw

Expansion Vice President

Gil Shaw

Gil Shaw

Expansion Vice President

Gil Shaw

Andy Trygstad

Operations Vice President

Andy Trygstad

Andy Trygstad

Operations Vice President

Andy Trygstad

Alex Tyink

President

Alex Tyink

Alex Tyink

President

Alex Tyink

Steve Tyink

Partnership Development Director

Steve Tyink

Steve Tyink

Partnership Development Director

Steve Tyink

Abigail Brown

Partnership Development Leader

Abigail Brown

Abigail Brown

Partnership Development Leader

Abigail Brown

Abigail Thompson

Partnership Development Leader

Abigail Thompson

Abigail Thompson

Partnership Development Leader

Abigail Thompson

Alex Kussler

Partnership Development Director

Alex Kussler

Alex Kussler

Partnership Development Director

Alex Kussler

Alyssa Scriven

Executive Support Leader

Alyssa Scriven

Alyssa Scriven

Executive Support Leader

Alyssa Scriven

Amber Johnson

Partnership Development Director

Amber Johnson

Amber Johnson

Partnership Development Director

Amber Johnson

Anne Rogerson

Partnership Development Director

Anne Rogerson

Anne Rogerson

Partnership Development Director

Anne Rogerson

Dan O’Brien

Partnership Development Director

Dan O'Brien

Dan O’Brien

Partnership Development Director

Dan O'Brien

Kat Wians-Bixby

Operations Leader

Kat Wians-Bixby

Kat Wians-Bixby

Operations Leader

Kat Wians-Bixby

Michael Hostad

Foundation Executive Director

Michael Hostad

Michael Hostad

Foundation Executive Director

Michael Hostad

Nina Loomis

Intern

Nina Loomis

Nina Loomis

Intern

Nina Loomis

Tanya Mull

Partnership Development Director

Tanya Mull

Tanya Mull

Partnership Development Director

Tanya Mull

Trina Doxtator

Partnership Development VP

Trina Doxtator

Trina Doxtator

Partnership Development VP

Trina Doxtator

Featured In

Fork Farms Foundation

There is no excuse for children to go hungry in America. Yet it happens every day, in every community. Today, there are an estimated 17 million children struggling with hunger in America – 6 million more than before the pandemic. And 2.7 million more families are going hungry.

The Fork Farms Foundation is working to end hunger and promote awareness of solutions to help vulnerable populations address food insecurity by making fresh healthy food accessible. By investing in the Foundation, we can more broadly and intentionally convene strategic partners in the communities we serve to further this vision, together.

Discover The Flex Farm

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What Fork Farmers are saying

“As a former science teacher and current curriculum resource for our district, I want to compliment Fork Farms on the high quality of the Flex Farm. The ease of use of the components and well-thought-out design make it very usable in the classroom. Having the curriculum materials available allows teachers to incorporate this wonderful resource into their teaching as part of the core instruction and not just a stand-alone project.”

Dr. Georgia Kraus, District Curriculum Coordinator

“This was such an authentic project-based learning experience for the kids. For them to be able to grow produce and brainstorm what we could do with that produce to make a difference in our world was really powerful.”

Rachel Sebastian,  Innovation Teacher

“I love the idea of students being able to garden year-round and not be limited by the winter weather. As an educator, I knew students would see the Flex Farm and they would be automatically drawn to it. Having this system allows them to see their progress throughout a growing cycle. It’s amazing how chemistry is involved, checking the pH level and nutrient level on a daily basis. When kids notice something is going wrong or if there is an issue, I let them figure it out. It’s really fun to watch them see success and use their problem-solving skills.”

Emily Bennett, High School Teacher

“Our school is heavy into service-learning. We had the kids brainstorm about what they believed was an issue the community faces. They suggested hunger. We engaged with a local pantry and the kids grew fresh lettuce to be donated. It was an amazing opportunity because it encouraged students to think about how they could improve their community and gave them the ability to take action themselves.”

Cassandra Graff, Teacher

“We are very pleased with our Flex Farm and appreciate the support you have provided. We have nibbled on a few leaves and are looking forward to salads, herbs and greens with every meal. Friends and family are anxiously awaiting the first harvest! Our hope is to fulfill family and friend needs and reach out to local food pantries and homeless shelters.”

Katie and Mark, Home Users – Green Bay, WI

“The Flex Farm is revolutionary for education because it allows students and teachers to use it as a flexible, hands-on and interdisciplinary tool for teaching that goes beyond traditional ‘sit and get’ teaching methods.”

Wendell Willis, Former Chief Operations Officer

“The Fork Farm system is innovative because it simplifies the hydroponic approach, minimizes the footprint necessary, and has an integrated lighting system. Support for running the system is great, and the staff are always willing to answer questions and stop by to help. Now, we are able to teach everything from the nitrogen cycle to the life cycle of plants to the benefits of healthy eating with one system. Students are engaged with the system at every stage of the process, from seeding to harvesting, to packaging and selling. This is a great addition to any classroom and school.”

Jason Stellmacher, High School Science Teacher