Okra Abbey Staff

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Rev. Hannah Quick


Rev. Hannah Quick is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She hails from northern California but comes to New Orleans from Philadelphia where she recently served as a Pastoral Associate at Beacon Church, a new church focused on neighborhood engagement. Hannah loves being a neighborhood pastor and enjoys the opportunity to extend the reach of a worshipping community through the simple act of being neighborly. 

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Neil Shah

Lead Gardener

Neil has been working in agriculture, horticulture, and educational programs since 2014 and is a skill musician. After learning the basics of vegetable and fruit production, cattle ranching, and animal husbandry, Neil moved to New Orleans where he became well versed in Nursery work and Landscape services. Today Neil is happier than ever to be back doing what he loves the most growing food! 


David Ehlert

Assistent Gardener 2019-2020

David comes to New Orleans from Lexington Kentucky and is excited to be a part of the Okra Abbey Team. David graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. He joins the Okra Abbey staff through the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program, an ecumenical, faith-based year of service in sites around the world and across the United States. 


Nate Burt

Assistent Gardener 2019-2020

Nate attended the University of Montevallo where he plans to return and complete his degree in Environmental Studies after this year of service. Nate enjoys playing guitar. He is from Birmingham Alabama and serving with the YAV(Young Adult Volunteer) Program with the PCUSA.