Meet the bright, beautiful souls that make our organization shine. Feel free to reach out and say hello, we don't bite. 



Amanda KIK

After spending both her undergraduate and graduate years at California Institute of the Arts, Amanda moved to Northwest Lower Michigan in 2001. Here, she set roots in her community and has focused on her passions: food and art. In 2005, Amanda and her husband Brad founded Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology (née ISLAND). Amanda serves as chair of the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference, which works to build a local vibrant agricultural community. She raises a small flock of chickens and enjoys waltzes and group dances.

Brad Kik

Brad Kik is the co-founder and co-director of Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology. Brad’s varied background—film study, environmental activism, graphic design, community organizing, traditional music, ecology and permaculture—plays a key role in directing the intention behind Crosshatch's work in the community. Brad also serves on a number of boards reflecting Crosshatch's diverse approach to community building: Earthwork Music, a collective of Michigan musicians; Grass River Natural Area, a 1000+ acre wetland preserve in Antrim County, Michigan, near where Brad calls home; and the Alliance of Artist Communities (AAC), who support and advocate for artist residency programs. Brad also acts as the co-chair of the ecological residencies cohort for the AAC, and helps convene and present their Emerging Programs Institute each year.

Program Coordinator

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Daniel is happily home in Michigan and is humbled to serve his community through Crosshatch’s program efforts supporting guild groups and volunteers. After growing up in Georgia, he led rural, agricultural, ecological and arts efforts as a student and as an AmeriCorps VISTA in West Alabama. He moved cross-country to Traverse City in 2011 to serve with FoodCorps promoting local food systems and student health education for 8 years in total as an AmeriCorps service member, Michigan team leader, and Program Manager for the Midwest and Southeast. You might hear him making a joyful noise playing instruments from around the world, pumping global beats from a bike speaker on rides around Leelanau County, or drumming with the Deep Blue Water Samba school in festivals and parades.

Outreach & Program Coordinator

Jeannie likes hats and wears many—literally and figuratively. As a graduate of the University of Michigan's Theatre program and a homesteader, Jeannie is passionate about food, farming and art. At Crosshatch, Jeannie (with the help of the NMSFC Planning Committee) coordinates the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference. She also serves as the Outreach Coordinator, spreading the XH event schedule word, and acts as the Events Coordinator, developing Crosshatch's farming and art workshops and projects. When Jeannie isn't working in her gardens, feeding chickens, or taking care of her kids, she is traveling, dancing, cooking, reading, or writing. She knits a fine hat if you can sit her down.



Rachel is passionate about giving people the opportunity to invest in Crosshatch’s network of programs designed to make Michigan communities more resilient. Since earning her Master of Science degree from Antioch University New England in 2003, Rachel has worked to protect economic justice for family-scale farms (The Cornucopia Institute), produced a regional music festival (Buttermilk Jamboree), promoted the development of cooperative economies (Circle Pines Center), and tended a small herd of dairy goats. Rachel is driven by a deep commitment to and spiritual connection with the natural world and is looking forward to improving the culture of philanthropy.