THE TEAM

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We’re farmers and educators. Horticulturalists and biologists. Planners and community organizers. We share the belief that agriculture is a vital part of any healthy community, and we’re finding innovative ways to incorporate farming into urban development. The earth we build on is so much more than terra firma for our shelters and structures. Soil sustains life, and the dirt connects us to the world in a way smartphones never will. Most importantly, it gives us a line of sight to the food we put in our bodies. In our view, agriculture is unavoidable—and the Farm Team is meeting the challenge head-on.

 
Adam Millsap   Adam owns Urban Roots Farm in downtown Springfield with wife Melissa. The couple bought a home in the city’s depressed West Central neighborhood, planning to flip the house and buy a farm out in the country. Instead, they brought the farm to them, deciding to buy a nearby apartment building in 2009 and transform the adjacent 2-acre lot into a four-season urban vegetable farm. Urban Roots sells fresh produce to five local restaurants and MaMa Jean’s Natural Market as well as residents through its 60-member CSA program. Adam has a passion for building farm tools and engineering efficiencies. He joined the Farm Team in 2018 and recently moved to Bentonville with Melissa and their children to design and build out Red Barn’s urban farm.

Adam Millsap

Adam owns Urban Roots Farm in downtown Springfield with wife Melissa. The couple bought a home in the city’s depressed West Central neighborhood, planning to flip the house and buy a farm out in the country. Instead, they brought the farm to them, deciding to buy a nearby apartment building in 2009 and transform the adjacent 2-acre lot into a four-season urban vegetable farm. Urban Roots sells fresh produce to five local restaurants and MaMa Jean’s Natural Market as well as residents through its 60-member CSA program. Adam has a passion for building farm tools and engineering efficiencies. He joined the Farm Team in 2018 and recently moved to Bentonville with Melissa and their children to design and build out Red Barn’s urban farm.

Jonathan McArthur   Jonathan is a Natural State native who graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and minored in sustainability. Most recently, he managed a small but intensive fruit and vegetable farm for the Samaritan Community Center, a nonprofit feeding organization with offices in Springdale and Rogers. Jonathan is a vocal farming advocate and serves as vice president of development for the Arkansas Young Famers Coalition. In 2013, he started the Samaritan Garden that’s now producing 12,000 to 14,000 pounds of food annually for two soup kitchens and two food pantries. The year prior, he helped UA launch its first on campus community garden. Jonathan joined the Farm Team in 2018 and will help design and manage Red Barn’s urban farm.

Jonathan McArthur

Jonathan is a Natural State native who graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and minored in sustainability. Most recently, he managed a small but intensive fruit and vegetable farm for the Samaritan Community Center, a nonprofit feeding organization with offices in Springdale and Rogers. Jonathan is a vocal farming advocate and serves as vice president of development for the Arkansas Young Famers Coalition. In 2013, he started the Samaritan Garden that’s now producing 12,000 to 14,000 pounds of food annually for two soup kitchens and two food pantries. The year prior, he helped UA launch its first on campus community garden. Jonathan joined the Farm Team in 2018 and will help design and manage Red Barn’s urban farm.

Melissa Young-Millsap   Melissa is the other half of the Urban Roots Farm duo. She attended horticulture classes at Ozarks Technical Community College and ran a landscaping business with husband Adam before the couple decided to try their hand at small-plot intensive agriculture in Springfield’s center city. Urban Roots produces vegetables all year using natural and sustainable farming techniques. Melissa oversees the farm’s planting and marketing. She also started the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition with Adam, which designed and installed 10 schoolyard gardens and developed K-12 farming curriculum. Melissa joined the Farm Team in 2018 and now lives in Bentonville, where she and Adam are overseeing development of Red Barn’s urban farm.

Melissa Young-Millsap

Melissa is the other half of the Urban Roots Farm duo. She attended horticulture classes at Ozarks Technical Community College and ran a landscaping business with husband Adam before the couple decided to try their hand at small-plot intensive agriculture in Springfield’s center city. Urban Roots produces vegetables all year using natural and sustainable farming techniques. Melissa oversees the farm’s planting and marketing. She also started the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition with Adam, which designed and installed 10 schoolyard gardens and developed K-12 farming curriculum. Melissa joined the Farm Team in 2018 and now lives in Bentonville, where she and Adam are overseeing development of Red Barn’s urban farm.