We are Fork Farms

At Fork Farms, we defend the human right to fresh food so that all people can achieve their full potential. We are dedicated to inspiring and empowering our partners to grow fresh food, nourish their communities and heal our planet.

Our Values

Be Human

Show respect and kindness, act with integrity, create inclusive spaces and connect authentically

Be Self-Empowered

Own your work with positivity and enthusiasm

Fork Up and Forge On

Be resilient and embrace failure as feedback

Lead with Vulnerability

Accept and address our biases; embrace personal growth, and create space for others to do so; work as a team and in humble servitude to others

The Time Is Now

Pursue our mission with urgency; face hurdles with optimism and curiosity

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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 FRESH FOOD ACCESS around the world

38 States

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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

Abigail Brown

Partnership Development Leader

Abigail Brown

Abigail Brown

Partnership Development Leader

Abigail Brown

Kit Collins

Partnership Development Leader

Kit Collins

Kit Collins

Partnership Development Leader

Kit Collins

Trina Doxtator

Partnership Development VP

Trina Doxtator

Trina Doxtator

Partnership Development VP

Trina Doxtator

Megan Enderby

Grant Writer

Megan Enderby

Grant Writer

Michael Hostad

Foundation Executive Director

Michael Hostad

Michael Hostad

Foundation Executive Director

Michael Hostad

Amber Johnson

Partnership Development Director

Amber Johnson

Amber Johnson

Partnership Development Director

Amber Johnson

Alex Kussler

Partnership Development Director

Alex Kussler

Alex Kussler

Partnership Development Director

Alex Kussler

Josh Mahlik

Partnership Development Director

Josh Mahlik

Josh Mahlik

Partnership Development Director

Josh Mahlik

Sam Malesa

Partnership Development Director

Sam Malesa

Partnership Development Director

Sue Malesa

Partnership Development Director

Sue Malesa

Sue Malesa

Partnership Development Director

Sue Malesa

Tanya Mull

Partnership Development Director

Tanya Mull

Tanya Mull

Partnership Development Director

Tanya Mull

Dan O’Brien

Partnership Development Director

Dan O'Brien

Dan O’Brien

Partnership Development Director

Dan O'Brien

Megan Pirelli

Brand Content Director

Megan Pirelli

Megan Pirelli

Brand Content Director

Megan Pirelli

Anne Rogerson

Partnership Development Director

Anne Rogerson

Anne Rogerson

Partnership Development Director

Anne Rogerson

Alyssa Scriven

Executive Support Leader

Alyssa Scriven

Alyssa Scriven

Executive Support Leader

Alyssa Scriven

Gil Shaw

Expansion Vice President

Gil Shaw

Gil Shaw

Expansion Vice President

Gil Shaw

Abigail Thompson

Partnership Development Leader

Abigail Thompson

Abigail Thompson

Partnership Development Leader

Abigail Thompson

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

Terry Wetzel

Partnership Development Director

Terry Wetzel

Partnership Development Director

Kat Wians-Bixby

Operations Leader

Kat Wians-Bixby

Kat Wians-Bixby

Operations Leader

Kat Wians-Bixby

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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

Connect with an expert member of our team. Our team will answer all your questions and help your growing experience come to life.

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