founder & cvo
A born and raised Edmontonian, Kirsta Franke has a decade and a half of experience in the culinary and event industry. Her previous work with the 124 Street Business Association allowed Kirsta to bridge a gap between producers, local businesses and citizens. In 2012, Kirsta spearheaded and founded Wild Heart Collective LTD. and the 124 Grand Market, an evening farmers’ market located in the heart of 124 Street. The 124 Grand Market has met resounding success and is going into it's eighth season. As former Co-chair of the Edmonton Food Council, Kirsta has become an important voice within Edmonton’s developing food scene. Kirsta has also worked with local food businesses Blue Plate Diner, Lactuca Urban Farm and The Organic Box.
Alongside her team at Wild Heart, Kirsta has produced and programmed countless events outside of the market scene, most recently, Nuit Blanche Edmonton, The Winter Shake-Up Festival with the City of Edmonton and the inaugural year for All is Bright on 124 Street in 2013.
In her spare-time, she enjoys working on her large garden plot out at her family property, playing with her fur baby Ripley the dog (as seen above), holding babies that aren’t hers at farmers markets and spending well deserved time with family and friends, eating, drinking and soaking up the finer things in life. You’ll most-likely find her about town visiting other farmers markets, events and taking in all of the culture Edmonton has to offer.
A product of a family owned business in a small town (her Dad put her to work since she was old enough to answer a phone) Amy Hayduk is hard-working and driven. Amy has had the privilege of being mentored by several Edmontonian entrepreneurs and small business owners. It was through this experience that she learned the value of building meaningful relationships, transparent communication, staying organized and being memorable. While she eventually graduated with a Political Science Degree, she remained working with the small business community as she felt that it was there that she could make the most impact and exercise her creativity in various projects.
She joined Wild Heart Collective in 2013 as the Assistant Market Director for the 124 Grand Market and is proud to have grown with the company to where it is today. She helped support several WHC produced events including Winter Shake-Up (2015, 2017), Petite Nuit, and Calendar of Wishes, Nuit Blanche Edmonton as well as the several in-house events that are executed by the Collective. She also helped to establish the Little Beans and Market Bucks programs at the 124 Grand Market, something she is very proud of.
Outside Wild Heart Collective, Amy works with her theatre company which she has been running with her business partner since 2012. She has also consulted on various marketing and events projects in addition to acting as the Campaign Manager for the Mayor-Elect of Vegreville in 2013. When she isn’t “working” you can most likely find her at a local karaoke haunt or music venue.
sOCIAL MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
We are thrilled to welcome Paige Simpson to our summer team as the face behind our socials and communications for 2019!
“Paige Simpson is a 21-year-old writer, blogger, and communications professional residing in Edmonton, Alberta. With an immense love for her city, Paige founded Be Kind YEG – a local Edmonton-based non-profit with the mission of spreading kindness in #yeg and surrounding areas. She also serves as a board member for the Global Shapers Edmonton Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. When she's not working or volunteering, Paige enjoys playing with her dog Marco, writing short stories, and eating as much poutine as she possibly can”.
If you see her at the market this summer and Wild Heart events this year, be sure to say hello! Wild Heart loves the work that Paige has done within Edmonton and we can’t wait to see what else is in store for her.