The Emergent Abundance Farming Collective Community

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!

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!


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

Media Management

"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 the 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)



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 Management

Enthusiastic to learn and assist in eradicating food insecurity, Ari isn't afraid to get knee deep in horsesh-(see image) to assist in the abundance she knows will only reach farther as time goes on.


[FUN FACT: did you know garlic is planted in the late fall months? Cover with horse..loved straw and after removing the flower in June harvest your garlic bulb in August!]