Nancy O’Connor has worked as the Director of Education and Outreach at The Merc Co+op in Lawrence, KS for 26 years. In that capacity, she oversees the Merc’s Class Program, Outreach, Donations, building community relations and serves on the Merc’s Management Team. Nancy is also Executive Director of Community Mercantile Education Foundation (CMEF), the Merc’s sister 501(c)(3) organization. CMEF’s work is running two production gardens—one at our local middle school and the other at a residential addiction treatment center for women. Nancy is committed to educating and inspiring people about the transformative power of gardens and beautiful, local foods, and encouraging them to eat more kale.