Innovative environmental designer with extensive knowledge of the fields of landscape architecture , environmental and food-systems design, and co-creative community development. Confident citizen-engaged process facilitator with a dedication to effective collaboration between communities, governmental and non-governmental agencies. Fostering innovation of landscape systems and infrastructure changes in the wake of climate change. Trained in mindfulness and facilitation, geared toward fostering environmental consciousness and personal/collective empowerment.
As a Recent Graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, I lived and worked on an urban farm on The "NearEast Side" of Detroit known by the street it was located on, Farnsworth Farm. Started by local activist teachers, Paul Weertz and Barbra Reenie, this artist-farming collective has been the epicenter of the urban farming movement in Detroit, inspiring documentaries, books. My student's work was curated in The Artist Take on Detroit at The Detroit Institute of Arts.
I was heavily influenced by American Revolutionary (PBS Special) Grace Lee Boggs, civil-rights and union organizer turned outspoken food justice leader. I was also able to work as a quasi-Visa Volunteer at The Catherine Ferguson Academy's, a Detroit public high school for pregnant and parenting girls on the permaculture farm located on the school grounds.
I also created one of the first urban edible community park and garden on East Grand Ave. on the site of the former Easter High School. This site is still in operation after twenty-years and is now registered as its own 501c3 and Community Development Corporation under the name GenesisHOPE.
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