About Food Gardening Network
Food Gardening Network was founded by home food gardeners and for home food gardeners—our mission is to serve gardeners with tips, tools, advice, and recipes for growing and enjoying good food at home.
In the spring of 2020—as a health pandemic started to grip the world—a group of home food gardeners got together on a virtual-meeting platform, seeking to connect and share ideas about how to weather the storm. And it was unanimous! Food gardening mattered even more than ever to all of them—some had already started to ramp up their food-gardening efforts by expanding their gardens to grow a wider variety of items.
But, what struck this avid band of food gardeners most was that no single reliable resource existed for getting advice about planning, planting, growing, tending, harvesting, and cooking home-garden foods. Yes, some resources covered various aspects—but no single, all-in-one-place online resource existed to support a community of food gardeners in their quest to grow and enjoy good food.
And so, Food Gardening Network was born! A true community-focused effort to support home food gardeners with the best advice around!
From vegetables and fruits and grains to herbs and spices, Food Gardening Network teaches you all the special techniques for optimizing your garden so that you can enjoy better-tasting, better-quality foods—while also saving money! By following Food Gardening Network’s advice, you’ll be more productive, spend more time outdoors, avoid lurking grocery-store food contaminations, maximize your family time, and grow and eat locally.
Food Gardening Network is the premier resource for food gardeners of all skill levels, for creating and maintaining your own food garden at home—with everything you need to ensure that you grow, harvest, and enjoy fabulous food!
And Food Gardening Network is a unique resource because it includes not only all the gardening tips and advice for growing good foods, but you also get tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes for enjoying the fruits of your labor. No other food-gardening resource is so committed to ensuring that your gardening efforts result in delicious and healthful foods for you, your family, and your friends!
Welcome to Food Gardening Network—please join us in celebrating how to grow and enjoy good food at home!
Food Gardening Network Team
Founder & Executive Publisher
Don Nicholas serves as Executive Publisher for Food Gardening Network and GreenPrints. He is responsible for all creative, technical, and financial aspects of these multiplatform brands. As senior member of the editorial team, he provides structural guidance, sets standards, and coordinates activities with the technology and business teams. Don is an active gardener whose favorite crops include tomatoes, basil, blueberries, and corn. He and his wife Gail live and work in southern Massachusetts surrounded by forests, family farms, cranberry bogs, and nearby beaches. Don is also the Founder of Mequoda Systems, LLC, which operates and supports numerous online communities including I Like Crochet, I Like Knitting, and We Like Sewing.
Nancy Horan manages all aspects of technology, operations, and finance for Food Gardening Network and GreenPrints. With a strong focus on user experience, she translates each brand’s essence into a modern, multiplatform interface that includes web, email, video, and social. In this role, Nancy oversees all technology including back-office operations and infrastructure, and is responsible for the daily operations of the organization and its financial health. Nancy is also EVP, Technology, Operations & Finance for Mequoda where she ensures the enterprise goes above and beyond to serve its audience members, sponsors, and affiliates.
SVP, Editor & Publisher
Bill Dugan serves as Editor & Publisher for Food Gardening Network and GreenPrints. He is responsible for the development and evolution of all editorial and marketing frameworks. Bill first gained his gardening knowledge from his schoolteacher father—who spent his summers tending to a vast backyard food garden and teaching all eight of his children how to grow and harvest good food. Today, Bill tends a small balcony food garden from his apartment in Washington, D.C. Bill is also SVP at Mequoda, where he provides strategy and is chief copywriter for Mequoda’s clients and partners.
Content & Systems Director
Karen Umans serves as Content & Systems Director for Food Gardening Network and GreenPrints. She manages the development and deployment of editorial and marketing content for these multiplatform publishing brands. Karen uses her in-depth knowledge of online systems to optimize the user experience for our members, publishing partners, sponsors, and affiliates.
Shannon Lewis is General Manager for Food Gardening Network and GreenPrints. She manages system development, content loading, and email broadcasting. She oversees the vast array of technology vendors required to support a modern, multiplatform publishing system. Shannon also manages long-range forecasting, budgeting, and financial reporting for both our wholly owned systems and select business partners.
Content Marketing Director
Eileen Shea brings her decades of multiplatform publishing experience to Food Gardening Network and GreenPrints as Content Marketing Director. She is responsible for all aspects of planning, execution, and analysis for both legacy and digital marketing programs including audience acquisition, retention, and satisfaction. Eileen also provides ongoing marketing and consulting support to our publishing partners.
Norann Oleson serves as Analytics Director, bringing a laser-like focus on business analysis and decision support. She also has deep domain knowledge around all aspects of gardening, which she uses to assist the team in making audience decisions that are data-driven and audience-centric. Norann also supervises all analytics support for our partners including publishers, sponsors, and affiliates.
Sponsorship & Operations Director
Christy Page serves as Sponsorship & Operations Director for Food Gardening Network and GreenPrints. She is the first point of contact for our business partners including sponsors, affiliates, and publishers. She also manages all partner communication and scheduling for all members of the Mequoda team.
Jennifer Strange serves as Finance Director for Food Gardening Network, GreenPrints, and Mequoda. She is responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, fulfillment, and customer service. She and her team manage all transactions and recordkeeping associated with a modern, multiplatform publishing business.
Senior Editor & Producer
Amanda MacArthur is Senior Editor & Producer for Food Gardening Network and GreenPrints. She is responsible for generating all daily content and managing distribution across web, email, and social. In her producer role, she plans, edits, and deploys all video content for guides, magazine issues, and daily tips. As a best-selling cookbook author, Amanda cooks using ingredients from her outdoor gardens in the summer and from her indoor hydroponic garden in the winter.
Kate Bruzzi serves as Managing Editor for our gardening systems and ensures that all print and digital editorial content is properly loaded, formatted, scheduled, and deployed. Kate also manages our artists and ensures that our gardening content adheres to all editorial and design guidelines.
Senior Content & Systems Manager
Victoria Arnold serves as Senior Content & Systems Manager for our gardening systems and ensures that all editorial content is properly loaded, formatted, scheduled, and deployed. Victoria is also Mequoda’s copy editor, where she is responsible for spelling, grammar, and adherence to our network style guide.
Deb Kelly serves as Mequoda’s Business Manager responsible for day-to-day communication with our audience members about all aspects of their membership benefits, order fulfillment, and payments.