Patti Ragsdale

Founder and Executive Director

  • Home base: Happy Apple’s Farm, Tonganoxie, KS
  • Day job: You’re looking at it!
  • Favorite native plant: Lady’s tresses orchids (Spiranthes sp.)
  • Favorite book: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Jenni Baxter


  • Home base: Linwood, Kansas
  • Day job: Growing native plants for Botanical Belonging
  • Favorite native plant: Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Our Board of Directors

Anna Funk

Board President

  • Home base: Kansas City, MO
  • Day job: Freelance science journalism, content marketing, and consulting
  • Favorite native plant: Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Courtney Masterson

Board Secretary

  • Home base: Lawrence, KS
  • Day job: Ecologist and owner/operator, Native Lands LLC
  • Favorite native plant: All of them!
  • Favorite smell: Gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) seeds.

Teri Burchett

Board Treasurer

  • Home base: Tonganoxie, KS
  • Day job: Grandparent, retired accountant, volunteer
  • Favorite native plant: Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Favorite event: Botanical Brewfest, Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Connie Chapman

Board Member

  • Home base: Stilwell, KS
  • Day job: Water quality education with Friends of the KAW and small business manager
  • Favorite native plant: Blue sage (Salvia azurea)

(Image: Krzysztof Ziarnek/Wikimedia Commons)

Brent Ragsdale

Board Member

  • Home base: Happy Apple’s Farm, Tonganoxie, KS
  • Day job: Business Development Manager with Willdan
  • Favorite native plant: Solomon’s Seal (because the Latin name brings out my junior high sense of humor.)
  • Favorite beer: Crank Case IPA from Blue Skye Brewery (Salina, KS). It’s made from Kernza perennial wheat developed by the Land Institute (and it’s darn good too.)

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