Meet the bright, beautiful souls that make our organization shine. Feel free to reach out and say hello, we don't bite.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Kik is the co-founder and co-director of Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, a non-profit organization that connects the lines between art, agriculture, local economy and ecology. Brad's varied background in film study, environmental activism, graphic design, community organizing, traditional music, writing, ecology and permaculture plays a key role in shaping the cross-disciplinary work of Crosshatch. Brad regularly presents on the intersections of art and ecology, particularly in regards to artist residencies and the role of the arts in rural development. Brad serves as a trustee of Earthwork Music Collective and the Alliance of Artists Communities and helps convene and present the Alliance's Emerging Program Institute each year. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org