Farm Team

Nick DeBrock

Nick DeBrock

Farm Manager

Meet Nick

“Farming in its simplest terms is growing food for others, and in its best form can impact an entire community, which is what we are really up to at Hope Farms.”

Nick who hails originally from the Midwest and navigated to Houston by way of the East Coast, has been farming since college. As our Farm Manager he oversees the team that grows, prepares and distributes our food. He also shepherds our building plan and manages the entire site, including public spaces. Oh, and did I mention working with chefs on their bespoke crops? He loves peppers for their flavors that change drastically as they mature and even as they dry.

Tyler Froberg

Tyler Froberg

Farmer Training and Veteran Program Manager

Meet Tyler

“Give a child a vegetable and you feed them for a day, teach them to grow their own vegetables and you feed them and their community for a lifetime; inspiring agriculturist is the single most powerful investment we can make for our future”

Tyler was born with his fist full of seeds and grew up working on his family’s farm on the edge of Houston. This ever-smiling Army Veteran has his hand in everything because his focus and joy is teaching others to farm—whether fellow veterans or the neighbors kids. He runs both our Farmer Training and our Veteran Program, and particularly loves taking care of our chickens. Being the East Texas boy that he is, Tyler’s favorite food is okra.

Carl Salazar

Carl Salazar

Veteran Program Advisor

Meet Carl

“Veterans are as diverse as our country, with different aspirations and needs for support. One common thread, though, is the need to have a purpose and a tribe. Hope Farms is providing our former warriors the opportunity for not just a new career, but a new community and new purpose.”

Carl is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and an 11-year veteran of the Navy. Since leaving the Navy he has served the Houston Veteran community in several ways, including as Founder and Director of Expedition Balance, as a founding Board Member of Combined Arms, and as Director of Veterans Affairs for Houston Mayors Annise Parker and Sylvester Turner. He can’t get enough fresh tomatoes and loves the culinary diversity of cauliflower.

Amanda Howard

Amanda Howard

Gardens Manager & Seed-to-Plate Educator

Meet Amanda

“I love being part of this innovative space where the Houston community can reinvent its relationship to health through access to real foods.” 

Nothing makes Amanda happier than coaxing her pollinators to bloom—unless maybe it’s turning on the magic in a child’s eyes when they taste some just-harvested, hitherto distained veggie. Besides managing the Pollinator, Chef’s Kitchen and Children’s Gardens, she is the guru for our Garden Club and Community Gardeners and teaches regular Hope Farms gardening classes to all ages where she is especially sweet on Sweet Potatoes.

Adryn Maldenado

Adryn Maldenado

Community Ambassador

Meet Adryn

“Food is our medicine and we all deserve access to the healing benefits of food grown and harvested within our community.”
Our compost queen, Adryn knew she wanted to be a farmer when she entered our world but found that she really liked meeting neighbors, encouraging them to buy produce and even volunteer. So, you will see her happy face on Saturdays and Wednesdays at the farm stand, hawking our greens and convincing you to come to First Saturdays where she has recruited a diverse group of local makers to join our market. She can’t get enough eggplant—“the gateway vegetable!”

Paris Anton

Paris Anton

Culinary Director

Meet Paris

“My work reflects my passion for empowering my community by teaching others the healing power of food.”

Paris gives Cook the Harvest classes every Saturday morning during the Hope Farms Market where she loves to connect with our neighbors and lure them to try new foods. She helps coordinate our Chefs Advisory Board member engagement at the farm and creates the culinary content for all our field trips, classes and camps. You would think that Paris’s favorite vegetable is eggplant since we often find her whipping it into a classic Baba Ghanoush, but she truly adores celery—good by itself or as the ultimate delivery for so much more deliciousness.

Jen Fridley

Jen Fridley

Director of Education

Meet Jen

“We are fortunate to literally plant seeds of healthy living. As we educate people on the importance of nutrition and healthy foods we get to promote and help sustain long, happy lives.”

It may look like we are just having fun learning about our food, but as a Master Educator and former school principal, Jen makes sure that underlying all the frivolity, our content is serious, and its impact is meaningful. She oversees the curriculum development for all our Seed-to-Plate classes and the Farmer Training Program. Does your school want a field trip? Jen will make sure your kids have fun, but also come away with a lasting understanding of healthy food and love Sweet Potatoes as much as she does.

Janice Parker

Janice Parker

Community Outreach Director

Meet Janice

“There is nothing tastier than a vegetable from the garden, and when people have an opportunity to taste fresh produce, their eating habits evolve and they tend to make healthier choices.”

A recent transplant from Fort Worth, Janice is still getting used to the humidity of the Gulf Coast, but is hasn’t kept her from her daily runs. We could say that her last name is “organized,” because we see it every day as she manages big volunteer work days and the S.P.I.C.E. Guild activities as well as many of our special events. Want to get involved? Call Janice; she runs and she runs things (when not dipping her asparagus in Ranch.)

Mary Brunson

Mary Brunson

Special Events Coordinator

Meet Mary

“By illuminating the path of food from farm to table, I believe Hope Farms helps build a more deeply rooted connection to our environment and a foundation of sustainable living for future generations.”

Mary loves events—planning, organizing, giving. So in addition to managing our office and administration, and assisting the CEO, she orchestrates our Chefs in the Field events –whether they are the popular multi-course Suppers held every spring and fall, or the laid back new Summer Series. Mary also coordinates rental of Hope Farms, so if you are planning a bucolic special event, she’s your gal, especially if you include her favorite broccoli on the menu.