She writes, “I’ve been a culinary mushroom grower in western North Carolina for five years and I recently transitioned to the west coast where I manage an urban rooftop farm in downtown LA called the LA Community Action Rooftop Garden. The food I grow with the community here nourishes the houseless population and provides a sense of food security and stability in an otherwise food insecure area. We produce organic and hydroponically grown fresh produce and provide a safe space for education, agriculture, and community renewal. As an urban farmer I find it incredibly important to not just grow food for a community but to engage populations that don’t otherwise have access or resources to grow their own food and empower them to work alongside me. My farm goal is not to strictly produce food but to create a community of agricultural education where every houseless individual feels free to share their life experience and knowledge and, in turn, receive the tools and knowledge necessary to grow organic food in an urban setting.
As a full time farmer I have the pleasure of spreading knowledge and fresh produce daily but often feel like I’m pouring knowledge from a half empty cup. I am looking forward to being able to practice self-care in the form of attending a local class on permaculture so I can refresh some of the skills I learned while getting my Permaculture Design Certification as well as network with other growers in the area to find self-care in the form of a stronger farmer networking community in my new home.”