Jeremy Andrews – Chief Excitement Officer

Jeremy is the founder and visionary behind Sprout Urban Farms and every other thing in Battle Creek that makes you go, “Oh, that’s cool.”

After graduating from Lakeview High School and Western Michigan University, Jeremy traveled the globe before deciding to return to Battle Creek. He returned with the hopes that he would transform his hometown into a place people wanted to live and work. He’s done a pretty good job of that. Jeremy also helped to launch the BCMAMS, and serves on the board of Garden of Dreams Preschool.


Brennan Dougherty – Food Hub Manager

Brennan was born and raised in Battle Creek. In her early 20s, a job on a farm in Colorado took her out of Michigan to chase an idea and a feeling that farming may just be the thing she wants to do forever. Colorado peaches turned into Washington vegetables, California berries and eventually led to New Orleans urban agriculture. Working the majority of her time in agriculture in the urban agriculture landscape of New Orleans, Brennan worked with community gardens, school gardens, non-profit farms and food justice projects, and for-profit farms. Her most recent work in New Orleans found her managing a quarter acre for-profit, self-sustaining “artisanal and medicinal” farm in the heart of the Treme neighborhood. . She joined Sprout in February 2015 as the Food Hub Manager, managing the Sprout Box program- Sprouts customizable weekly box available for EBT and credit customers.



Lydia Marucco – Operations Manager


Mark Richards – Brand Ambassador

Lee Winkler – Hub Associate

Board of Directors


  • President – Kathy Grosso, Retired Educator
  • Vice President – Steve Johnkoski, Professor, Kellogg Community College
  • Treasurer – Walter Whitfield – CPA, Consultant


  • Jeremy Andrews – Chief Excitement Officer/Consultant, Sprout
  • Kathy Grosso – Retired Educator
  • Steve Johnkoski – Professor, Kellogg Community College
  • Linda Wyers – CPA, J&J Sheet Metal
  • Lance Allen – VP of Table Game Operations, Firekeepers Casino
  • Walt Whitfield – CPA, Consultant
  • Israel Flores – Coach, Early Childhood Connections
  • Becky Noffsinger – Kellogg Company
  • Aholibama Alcala – Early Childhood Connections
  • Devon Gibson – BC Vision/Former Staffer