Victoria is an accomplished marketing and public relations professional with nearly 10 years of experience in delivering strategic thinking, public relations leadership, and innovative experiential marketing ideas. Born and raised in the Midwest, Victoria holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.
After years of working for world-class brands like McDonald’s and learning how the food system works, she decided to resign from her corporate leadership position and enroll in an urban farming program, where she found her true passion for educating her community on the importance of the farm-to-table movement and eradicating food deserts plaguing people of color. Additionally, she helped Eastern Star Church, Indianapolis’ largest black church, develop their first urban farm where she also runs the day-to-day farming operations.
Christine Kelley is a 6th generation Indiana farmer. She works with agricultural systems that echo natural ecosystems to provide a harmonious cohabitation between farming and nature. She is passionate about advancing her agricultural knowledge to secure a sustainable future for food and environment to enhance the community through education, food accessibility, and modeling appropriate land stewardship.
Chris has experience in being a dairywoman, greenhouse manager, market gardener, and horse farm manager. Her hobbies include hiking, mountain biking, crafts-sewing, embroidery, pyrography, and wrangling her nine-year-old son, Bash. She is currently advancing her knowledge through studies in urban horticulture.
Farm Manager and IWFM Support
Rachel is an Indy native that grew up with a love for being outside and a strong connection to
nature. She went on to study Anthropology, Studio Art, and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Indianapolis. Always interested in the connection between humans and their environment, Rachel found her way to the local food movement and urban agriculture. She is passionate about building a more sustainable and equitable food system that connects people to the land and one another. When she’s not farming, Rachel spends her time cooking, hiking,
traveling, and creating in her ceramics studio. She believes in the power of nature, food, and art
to bring people together and cultivate thriving communities.
Natalie grew up on a farm in Brazil, although plants are not exactly her strong suit! Luckily, as the financial manager, Natalie does very little planting! She has enjoyed her role as the Financial Manager at Growing Places Indy, and is particularly thankful for the flexibility it allows her so she has more time to stay home with her four children!
Board of Directors
Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Growing Places Indy Founder & Kitchen Community Program Manager
Christian Theological Seminary
VP, Marketing and Industry Outreach, CEDIA
Director of Product Design at Eli Lilly
Assistant Research Scientist in Sustainable Food System Science for Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University
Financial Controller at Mitsch Design
Brand Manager at IU Health
Community Benefit Analyst at Community Health Network
Tranquil Woods Farm Owner and Operator
Volunteer positions held: Yoga Instructor Winter & Summer series, former Advancement Committee Member
Volunteer positions held: Welcome Table Host at IWFM
Volunteer positions held: Summer High School Intern 2018, Farm Stand Volunteer
Volunteer positions held: Farm Volunteer for 4+ years, Summer Apprentice 2018
Volunteer positions held: WorkShare in Spring, Summer, & Fall, Weekly Deliveries Driver
Volunteer positions held: WorkShare in Spring, Summer, & Fall, Farm Stand Volunteer
Volunteer positions held: WorkShare in Winter, Farm Stand Volunteer
Sponsors & Partners
We could not do the work we do without the generous support of our partners. We thank them for their continuous support and attempt to recognize them as often as possible.