It all starts with our team.

Without these amazing, generous people who give their time and energy to our cause, we could not continue our mission, maintain our amazing farms throughout DC or grow to help more of the DC community.  Words cannot express our gratitude for their hard work and passion.  Come join this amazing team and see what a great feeling it is, to help those in need. 



Niraj Ray - Founder & CEO -
Niraj is an international pioneer of urban and rural vertical agriculture. From his first backyard garden in Daytona Beach, Florida to vertical gardens for underserved school in Washington, DC and strawberry farms in Maharastra, India, Niraj is intent on finding innovative and sustainable ways to bring fresh produce to communities that need it. He is an educator and agricultural expert with a mission to transform urban food deserts into thriving local food systems. Niraj holds a B.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from the Ohio State University and a M.S. in Integrated Environmental Science from Bethune-Cookman University, and is a former National Wildlife Federation Emerging Leader Fellow and used to work with the US EPA - Office of Water.

Daniel Weisshaar - H. St. Farms Manager -
Dan Weisshaar comes to Cultivate the City with years of experience in the local food movement. Dan grew up helping his Grandparent’s in the greenhouses at J&J Nursery in Eastern Colorado. Dan has also worked for apiaries and sold local produce in small markets, where he taught customers about, heirloom and exotic vegetables, seasonal cooking, and local food production.  Dan also has experience working in public health education including working with people with development issues and public housing.In 2016 Dan was recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Top Young Sustainability Professional in the United States for his work in local food and community engagement. Dan brings his experience in local food, and community education, and retail to our H Street Farms as the Farm Manager.When not working Dan can be found tending his balcony garden, cooking, hiking, attending concerts, and playing music.


Molly Fleder - Therapeutic Garden Specialist -
Molly recently moved back to her hometown of Washington, DC after living for 8 years in New Orleans, LA. While working as a librarian for New Orleans Public Library, she received her Master of Social Work from Tulane University. Using plants as a therapeutic intervention, Molly helps clients connect with themselves through nature, in turn creating achievable outcomes and improved quality of life. Molly is currently working with Community Connections DC, a local non-profit serving young adults with mental illness, developing and implementing a 15-week garden based curriculum program, as well as creating a network of urban farms managed by our students through CCDC. Molly also delivers programming at Hayes Senior Wellness Center, IDEA PCS and you’ll see her around H St. Farms.


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