The Emergent Abundance Farming Collective Family

Learn. Grow. Nourish. Give.


Yulia Smagorinsky

Farm & Education Director

With a Masters of Agricultural Sciences degree and over two decades of farming experience this collective is the realization of Yulia's permaculture dreams: sharing knowledge and food, building community and establishing ecological niches. Yulia generates peace and creativity in every movement and leads our collective with grace and singing bowls!

The passionate mastermind behind all the abundance that this collective is able to produce, we are so grateful for her expertise, dedication and mindfulness!

Swallowtail Caterpillar

Quality Control Director

The swallowtail caterpillar will enjoy days of 'product testing' our parsley and dill before it becomes a chrysalis and begins it's transformation! A few greens are a small price to pay for a beautiful future pollinator! (While not harmful for humans to hold, it can be harmful to them if they're young, please leave these cuties alone!)

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Katharine Michael & Ezra

Membership Coordinator & Morale

Looking forward to learning more every step of the way, Kat and her partner in farm-time bring an unparalleled energy with them! Through intentional soil restoration to steward growth and collective empowerment, the earth delivers bounty in response that reaches far beyond this divine duo! Dedicated to eradicating food insecurity as much as they are about mindfully and joyfully connecting to nature, they are an integral and appreciated addition to the Emergent Abundance team!

Chinese Praying Mantis

Pest Control

One of the only known predators of the invasive Lantern Fly, these elegant critters can change from green to brown! Stimulated by climate and the type of sun rays they change colors to absorb the amount of heat they need to survive. Similar to the changing of some tree leaves, they too eventually die from the cold, but not after leaving some egg casings!  The non-native Mantis was brought to this continent to assist in pest control, they thrive at it, and we're grateful!


Monique Fegans

Holistic Healing Alchemist

Armed with the memories of medicine making with her grandmother and her connection to her ancestors beyond Monique brings the eyes, heart, hands and energy of a true alchemist. A relationship borne in reciprocity; gifts given and received; teas from the soil for the soil, self, and beyond.

A wellness advocate for all ages, Monique aims to help others build strong relationships with healing foods and activities!

Bumble Bee


Though their buzz may ruble your eardrums these friendly little balls of fuzz defy gravity as they stumble from one purple pea flower to the next! Similar to their cousin the honey bee they donn the black and yellow to fool predators into leaving them alone because unlike their cousins their only defense mechanism is that they LOOK scary!

With no stinger and those tiny little wings these critters may very well be the eighth wonder of the world!  

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Karen Gowen

Photographer & Muscle

Conveniently located close to the farm Karen has not only been able to bless the collective with countless hours of planning and planting but also acting as our very own professional photographer! 

We're so grateful for all the fabulous top tier images Karen was able to take all season long to enhance our website and interest online! 

(Many of the beautiful pictures on this site are taken by Karen including the bee above and the pillar below)

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Future Pollinator

While mainstream may regard them for their beauty and some farmers might consider them to be pests we consider these elegant little creatures grazing on our carrot greens to be future pollinators! 

We dedicate several plots of our little farm to producing beautiful flowers to attract and feed our local pollinators and do our best not to disturb or be bothered by their "teenage days" of grazing on our garden greens!


Alexandria Sasek

Organizational Management

Alexandria brings the strategic planning and organizational skills from experience helping other nonprofits thrive to Emergent Abundance and our collective flourishes because of it! Passionately studying natural medicine making, Alexandria can usually be found in the herb garden! (See Image: Alexandria removing some Horsetail from the herb garden)

Soldier Beetle

Pollination & Pest Specialist

Related to the fan favorite, the firefly, these little beetles shine only in their ability to rival the bee in their pollination efforts. Flying around from flower to flower, these busy beetles can often be mistaken for a bee as their young color is more yellow, fading to a light brown as they age.  This Soldier is also instrumental in helping to control pest populations such as aphids, mealy bugs, as well as other crop pests!

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Gilberto Sanchez

Agricultural Engineer

"Put God first, and everything else shall follow" 

Gilberto is a 25 y/o Venezuelan who graduated from Zamorano University in Honduras in 2017, Receiving an Agricultural Engineering Degree. His current mission is to help create an environment where people could come back to their origins and relate to the earth in a fruitful and meaningful way. With no doubt Emergent Abundance is that place, working and learning next to amazing people of different backgrounds for a common purpose. 

(PS. From Kennett you can ride your bike to get here, I do it all the time!)



Thistles may be considered public enemy number one by many, as it's spikey stems and leaves tend to be off-putting to children, parents and predators of baby lady bugs! 
Thanks to thistles providing a safe "nursery" for baby ladybugs, soldier beetles and many more pollinators and mealy bug predators (such as Lady Bugs) we try to thank our thistles and provided they aren't in the way of any of our vegetables thriving we leave them be! 
[Image shows a young thistle growing in between two cabbages]


Ari Ahadi

Media Organizer

Enthusiastic to learn more about utilizing permaculture principals to heal the soil, connect with nature and grow food to assist in eradicating food insecurity. Ari is a founding member of the collective who can be found foraging for fungi in the #FungalFoodForest, taking pictures for the social media pages and pestering plants, critters and people to let kin feature them on this website ki is proud to have built!