Farm&City is a small, startup nonprofit being set up to support the work of many people. We believe that Texas needs at complex entity that can house and support the work of diverse people, thought, disciplines, and backgrounds. We believe that an organization like the one we are building works best by collaborating with other organizations and diverse people across the state. While we have stayed small for our first year and a half, expanding the board and staff is a key goal of 2019, along with formalizing the role of volunteers we works with across projects.
Board of Directors
Megan Howse Brendle lives with her husband and son outside of Portland, OR but spent her first 33 years living in and around Texas. She has lived and worked inside the Loop, outside the Loop, and in the rich agricultural land of the Texas Hill Country. After losing a wonderful friend to a senseless car crash, Megan has a personal dedication to working toward reducing the hazards of driving in Texas.
Jacob Clifton is a writer and futurist based in Austin.
Ben DiPietro is a tattoo artist based at Atomic Tattoo in Austin, Texas.
Toto Miranda is a husband, father, and musician who works professionally in the band, Octopus Project. When not on tour, he also works at Austin Montessori School.
Jay Blazek Crossley
Jay Blazek Crossley was born in Whitney, grew up in Montrose, came to Austin for ten years to get two degrees from the University of Texas, moved back to Houston for ten years to work for Houston Tomorrow, and moved back to Austin in 2016 with his wife and young son to change the paradigm of transportation and urban planning in Texas. He holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at UT-Austin and the LINE Certificate from the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives at Rice University.
Crossley serves on the City of Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council, the City of Austin / Capital Metro Multimodal Community Advisory Committee, the Texas Strategic Highway Safety Plan Stakeholder Committee and several emphasis area teams, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Vision Zero ATX.
In the past, Crossley has served as a member of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Transportation Transition Team, Chair of the Houston – Galveston Area Council Pedestrian and Bicyclist Subcommittee, Member of the Mayor’s PlanHouston Implementation Advisory Committee, Member of the Houston Bicycle Advisory Committee, Stennis Congressional Intern 2004 in the US Congress, Team Leader of the US Census Bureau for the Census 2000 count, PlanHouston Indicators Committee, Member of the LISC-Houston Programs Committee, Co-Chair of the Houston Coalition for Complete Streets, Founder, Chair, and Treasurer of the Houston Access to Urban Sustainability Project, Board Member of Jane’s Due Process, College Houses Inc., Community Housing Expansion of Austin, and the Great Society Fund. Co-Chair of the Houston Food Policy Workgroup and member of the Texas Food Systems Workgroup. After school tutor to middle school students at the Austin Area Urban League, and as a member of the Houston – Galveston Area Council Our Great Region 2040 Regional Sustainability Plan By-Laws Subcommittee.