Posts tagged mentorship
Through Mentorship, Becca Vasquez Connects Latinx Heritage with Urban Agriculture Future

It was there on my late grandfather's rented garden plot in Burlington, IA, where I harvested my first vegetable. I remember running between the corn rows with my cousins and brother, playfully tossing dirt clods at each other, and eating freshly picked cucumbers with salt, chile and lemon. This vivid childhood memory of the garden persists despite my general childhood amnesia.

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Shea Velez-Westphal explores passion for farming with mentors, grandmother

Shea Velez-Westphal remembers moving to Iowa from southern California when she was six years old. Her family lived on her grandfather’s farm. When she first arrived, Shea said she didn’t like the taste of the water, the smell of the livestock, or being out in the country. It was a completely different environment from the one she had before they moved. Yet, it only took her a few weeks before she started to embrace it.

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Carly McAndrews Gains Experience on Farms Across United States

Since her first farm job in 2011, Carly has worked on six farms across the United States, including farms in Connecticut, Vermont, California, and Iowa. She’s currently at Echollective Farm in Mechanicsville, Iowa, alongside Molly. She said she loves the community of people she works with.

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Hilary Quinn Heals Herself, Others Through Diverse Farming Operation

“I noticed that my garden doubled in size. I’ve just recently begun to understand that when you create a child your body gives you energy to birth and care for the child. I remember thinking, ‘I couldn’t grow my child but I can grow my garden.’ I put all of that energy into the garden.”

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