Steven Hebbard, Farm Director
Steven Hebbard is a farmer called to work alongside communities on the margins of American society. In 2008, after years of teaching, community gardening, and reading about the challenges facing communities in poverty, Steven made a radical shift into the world of organic farming. He began his education through an internship at Boggy Creek Farm, the oldest urban organic farm in the country. Training under Carol Ann Sayle, Steven went on to become the Central Texas Director for TOFGA and to start Genesis Gardens, an organic farming and gardening ministry at the Austin non-profit, Mobile Loaves & Fishes. During his six years running Genesis Gardens, Steven led thousands of volunteers and a core team of homeless and formerly homeless farmers,to develop a 4-acre organic farm and animal husbandry program at the Community First! Village in East Austin. After passing the program into very capable hands, Steven continues to live at the Community First! Village, where he grows his personal garden veggies, fiber, and dye plants with his wife Bethany and his formerly homeless neighbors.
Steven sits on the steering committee for the Sustainable Agriculture program at the Elgin campus of the Austin Community College. He was part of the successful efforts lobbying on behalf of the Cottage Food Bill with Judith McGeary of the Food and Ranch Freedom Alliance. He received his PDC with Geoff Lawton in 2014 and has been a practitioner of permaculture principles in his approach ever since. He is a teacher and farmer, passionate about the unique power of food to bring communities together.