Introducing the New Harvest Coordinator!
Hi Fruit Loops! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself! My name is Brenna and I will be serving as the new Harvest Coordinator for Food Forward. For the past three years I have been in the garden, teaching elementary school students the importance of growing and eating their own food. Although garden education is still a passion, I am excited to put down the garden trowel and be a part of the amazing community at Food Forward.
My interest in urban agriculture has its beginnings in Santa Cruz, where I attended UCSC for my undergraduate career. I received a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on sustainable agroecology. I spent the final years studying on the large farm on campus and becoming familiar with California growing seasons and varieties. After graduation I moved back to Los Angeles and began gardening for people’s homes and eventually teaching at elementary schools. When I saw the impact gardens and fresh food have in the everyday lives of the children, I wanted to learn how to translate these benefits to the community or city level. I returned to school and received a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona in Spring 2012. During my graduate career, I applied the skills I learned in strategic and communicative planning to analyze the Los Angeles food system. My thesis project focused on community orchards and provided a strategy for creating and sustaining community orchard projects in Los Angeles.
Even though I have only been a part of Food Forward for a short time, I am amazed at the generosity and goodwill of Angelenos. We have a dynamic group of volunteers who donate their time as property scouts, pick leaders, and pickers. We have a hospitable group of property owners who allow us to come into their homes and donate their fruit to those in need. We have a hardworking group of receiving agencies that provide food to those who are in the most need. I am excited to get to know each of you and I am thankful for all the work you do for Food Forward! I look forward to all the picks in the year to come!
Learn more about me on the “About” page of our website: https://foodforward.org/about/our-team/
If you have any questions or would like to learn how you can be a volunteer for Food Forward, contact me at 818-764-1022 x. 3# or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.