JJ Boone is the THEARC Farm’s Senior Farm Manager for Building Bridges Across the River. He is an experienced urban farmer and has been growing food in his community since 2012. JJ is also a certified DC Beekeeper, providing local honey and educational opportunities to the Ward 8 community. Along with farming, JJ designs his own fashion line.
Jahni Threatt is the Farmer’s Market Manager for Building Bridges Across the River. Jahni is a native East of the River resident and has a background in sustainable agriculture and market management. She is also a certified City Farmer. Jahni joins the BBAR team to lead the market operations and outreach of the C.R.I.S.P. CSA!
Sarah Mohammed is the Farm Coordinator at THEARC Farm for Building Bridges Across the River and a Certified DC Beekeeper as of March 2022! In her free time she likes to cook, practice skateboarding, and spend quality time with her loved ones. She is passionate about community-driven change, food justice, environmental advocacy, mental health awareness, and the circular fashion movement.
Carrie Vaughn is the Farm Director for Building Bridges Across the River. Prior to this work, she grew over a million pounds of organic produce at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She also served as President and board member of Future Harvest, a Chesapeake Alliance of Sustainable Agriculture. Many of the region’s organic farmers and gardeners became tractor drivers, potting soil mixers and masters of crop plan spreadsheets because of Carrie’s training. Earlier in her life, Carrie facilitated Alternatives to Violence workshops in Maryland and California prisons. Today she is mom to a patient, caring young woman named after Carrie’s grandmother, Amelia.
Taylor Forsythe, of Afro-Guyanese descent, was raised in both Maryland, and Aotearoa, New Zealand! Taylor is one of the CSA Market Champions for Building Bridges Across the River. They are passionate about Black, Queer, and Trans liberation, food sovereignty and justice, and decolonization. They are currently a part-time nanny and a fellow in a BIPOC activism and healing fellowship. Their activism is rooted in compassion for their people in daily acts of healing, joy, food, and music.
Kiah Jenkins is the Administrative Assistant and a CSA Market Champion for Building Bridges Across the River. Originally from Denver, Colorado, they split their time at BBAR between THEARC Farm team and the 11th Street Bridge Park. They have a passion for urban agriculture and food justice, and are grateful to be a part of this team!