Maggie Wawner

Community Gardens Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her

What’s your role/what do you do @ THC?  

I grow food, with the farm team, in our community gardens and greenhouses. Our team and these spaces bring people together and connect individuals to where food comes from while providing access to healthy and colorful produce.

Good food is… slow…eaten around a crowded table or fire, somewhere that feels wild or just like home. Grown nearby, charred or braised, skewered, salted and drizzled with local honey. Most importantly, good food is shared.

Best meal you’ve made with produce from Bloom or Hope (recipes much appreciated!)

Sesame Kale


  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely grated
  • One bunch of Hunger Coalition grown Lacinato kale (or any variety), stems removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. Rinse and drain kale. No need to dry.
  2. Mix coconut aminos, toasted sesame oil and garlic together and set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil and red pepper in a large pan over medium heat.
  4. Add in the kale, give a toss with tongs. Cook, continuing to toss until the kale is brighter in color and cooked to your preference. Stir in coconut amino mixture and toss for an additional minute until liquid is absorbed.
  5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!

As a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

A children’s book illustrator.