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WHO
WE ARE

TEAM MEMBERS.

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Alfred Melbourne

Founder

Farmer Alfred Melbourne is owner and operator of Three Sisters Gardens and a long time resident of West Sacramento. Three Sisters Gardens is a nonprofit organization bringing community members together to grow food and lives. Their mission is to teach at risk youth how to grow/harvest/distribute organic vegetables and engage the community to get involved in supporting the at risk youth population in Yolo County.

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John Palagud

Farm Manager

John Palagud is the farm Manager of TSG. He was born in the Philippines but grew up in the Sacramento area. He is an immigrant, a descendant of farmers, and a graduate of UC Davis with a major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food systems with an emphasis on soil science. As the farm manager,  he works with the youth interns on a day-to-day basis and is able to see how this program has given them a positive influence and how they have changed over the years that he has known them.

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Simren Kaur

Administrative Coordinator

Simren Kaur is our Administrative Coordinator who works remotely from unceded Kumeyaay land (San Diego, CA). She grew up in Sacramento and is a first-generation child of Indian immigrants and a descendant of farmers. As a community organizer with the Sunrise Movement, she understands the importance of centering and uplifting the work of BIPOC organizations in movement building. Her previous nonprofit experience has helped our team formalize our programs and procedures as we grow.

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Kris Burce

Events Coordinator

Kris Burce is a mother, an artist, and an urban farmer. Farming at Three Sisters Gardens has been nourishing and healing for her. Through organizing Three Sisters Gardens' many events (Indigefest, educational workshops, bike tours, sunrise yoga, etc.) she hopes to bring community together to share the experience and celebrate Mother Earth and one another.

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Kat Burce

Farm Manager Assistant

Katrina Burce is our Farm Manager Assistant & a first-generation child of Filipino immigrants. She transitioned to land stewardship, teaching youth & community the importance of connection to what we consume after witnessing our food system's effects on the overall health of her patients, working in the medical field for nearly a decade. A descendant of rice farmers, she was born and raised on Guam, where she had deep connections to the land and now resides on Nisenan land.

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Sam Ramos

Farm Hand

Sam Ramos is a Broderick area youth and Farm Hand with TSG. He began as a volunteer and joined our team as a farm hand in 2022.  

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Carl Richardson

Farm Hand

Carl Richardson is from the Broderick area and joined our team as a Farm Hand in 2023 after going through our Youth Leadership Development Program.

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