Leah Dannar-Garcia

Leah Dannar-Garcia


RISE Farms & Firefly Farm

Wichita, KS USA

What I’ve learned over my lifetime is that things aren’t as important to me as people, places, and experiences.


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Leah Dannar-Garcia


My road in life took a while to figure out.
In my 20s, I lived in New York.
I came back home to Wichita, Kansas, to finish college—I earned my bachelor’s degree in general studies with an emphasis in English, Cultural Anthropology, and Women's Studies.
I spent about a decade in my 30s traveling and living around the world as an ESL teacher.
I eventually came back to the U.S. and earned my master’s degree in teaching with an emphasis in English as a second language.
I got married and decided to stay in Wichita, which meant I needed to make a career change.
My husband and I started gardening and I realized that I had an aptitude and passion for growing food.
I decided I wanted to contribute to the farming industry which led to me founding Firefly Farm, a specialty crop heirloom tomato farm, and RISE Farms, a specialty crop urban rooftop farm.
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High School
Associate's Degree
Arts, General
Wichita State University
General Education
Wichita State University
School for International Training



I founded two specialty crop farms.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

First, I check and respond to voicemail, e-mail, social media communications, and attend scheduled meetings. I check in with both farms and food hub managers to see if there are any emergency issues that need to be worked, such as employee hiring or termination, scheduling, trellis design, irrigation system issues, seasonal adjustments, pest management, and website maintenance. During the winter, this is all done on a smaller scale and we use the extra time to plan the next year's crops.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

If you want to get into a similar field, I'd first recommend getting a degree in either sustainable studies, regenerative agriculture, or biology.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Sustainable Studies

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