Staff

Our dedicated team delivers big impact, with the support of of our board of directors, volunteers, donors, community partners, - all in partnership with our farmers and food producers.

Our Team

Our small team delivers big impact with the support of of our board of directors, volunteers, donors, community partners - all in partnership with our farmers and local producers.

CaBeatrice Hart

Farmers Market Manager

chart@fondymarket.org

CaBeatrice joined Fondy in 2022, bringing 8+ years of project and account management experience. A long-term supporter of Milwaukee’s agriculture and the entrepreneurial community, she enjoys engaging with Milwaukee’s diverse community. In addition to her professional experience, she has been a hobby farmer since 2009, specializing in Intensive Organic Farming practices and Herbalism. CaBeatrice is married to her high school sweetheart, they have four children. Together they operate a community art studio in Milwaukee’s Capitol Heights neighborhood. Having grown up in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park and Capitol Heights neighborhood, she is passionate about providing space for Milwaukee’s creative community.

Andrew Boettcher

Business Manager

info@fondymarket.org

A Milwaukee native, Andy has resided in the area for most of his life. Having lived in many parts of the city, he has an appreciation of the challenges of neighborhoods that lack plentiful, convenient food options. This made it an easy decision to join the Fondy Team in 2021. Andy has degrees from Marquette University in Engineering. He enjoys applying the problem solving skills he learned there to the Fondy mission. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family, cycle, cross country ski and play guitar.

Stephen Petro

Farm Director & Chief Operating Officer

spetro@fondymarket.org

Nyob zoo! Food is a universal experience; an act that unites everyone. This realization profoundly influenced Stephen’s decision to farm. He spent five years learning about soil in glaciated Wisconsin loam, Maine silt loam, and Georgia clay. Participating in these ecosystems instilled a strong sense of community, respect for the land and its inhabitants, and the knowledge needed to steward a farm. Stephen continued his farm odyssey by joining Fondy in 2010. Since then, he has spent much of his time humbled by the depth and breadth of knowledge that Fondy Farmers, the land, and the Fondy community at large have shared with him; it is staggering. Stephen loves puzzles, learning language, reading land, and ensuring that farming is a viable and accessible vocation and avocation. Walking with his multi-species family is the honor of a lifetime.

Venice R. Williams

Interim Executive Director

venicewb@gmail.com

Venice comes from an extensive family legacy of working with food and soil. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Venice's mother made her living managing a large grocery store, part of the Giant Eagle family of stores. Her father was a chef, caterer, baker, and a regional manager for the same grocery store chain. Almost everyone in her extended family has always had gardens or farms. She often says, "I come from a family whose grounding ethics are food, family, and faith." She continues, "Growing up, we fed everyone." Venice is passionate about growing food and cultivating community. She is also the Executive Director of Alice's Garden Urban Farm. Venice has been living in Milwaukee for 33 years. She is excited about guiding the transitions at Fondy, and helping to strenthen the organization.

Dennis Carl

Farmers Market Assistant

Dennis has lived in Milwaukee for three years and been with Fondy since 2020. As an artist, maker and gardener, Dennis brings his practices of sustainability, community building, and prioritizing and extending local resources to his work with Fondy.