I am a third generation Brooklynite, born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Since 2005, I’ve engaged communities around wellness, food, and farming as a Health Coach, Yoga/Meditation Instructor, Community Chef, and Local Food Advocate. As a Holistic Entrepreneur my work intersects food, farming, ecology, health, race, class, privilege, power, self-care, and self-reliance. I’ve managed three farmers markets throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, and The Bronx, co-led Bed-Stuy Farm Share, a Community Supported Agriculture Project for three years, and developed several niche blogs covering plant-based nutrition, wellness & lifestyle design, and quick and easy blender recipes. I have also has contributed to Civil Eats, blogs for Bed-Stuy Patch, and has been featured on Sanura Weathers’ My Life Runs on Food and Hot Grease with host Nicole A. Taylor.
April-November (and beyond)
I am in my senior year at the University of Maryland, College Park where I am majoring in environmental science and policy. After a short two-year break, I plan on going back to school for a master’s degree in urban planning, ideally at the University of Texas at Austin.I love music and listen to it every chance I get. A few weeks ago, I saw Marc Anthony with my mom and step-dad—it was amazing! If I am not listening to music, I am probably doing homework or reading a book. The last book I read was No god but God by Reza Aslan; I will have to reread the book at some point because it contained a lot of concepts and terminology that I am not familiar with which sort of hindered my understanding. At the end of April I will compete in my first half-marathon and I despite how excited I am, I am also very nervous. Both of my parents exhibit an unnatural athletic prowess—it has diminished over the years but it is still inspires awe (and a little bit of jealously on my part). We joke that come race time I must live up to my name otherwise I will have to leave the family, haha. Just jokes, right?
I am looking forward to meeting everyone in June and I am even more stoked for all of the projects we will have the opportunity to participate in. A big part of me hopes that I will get to see the birth of baby goats at the neighboring farm!
My name is Simone and I moved from Colorado to New York City at the age of twelve. I’m twenty-one years old now and I currently live on the North Shore in Staten Island. I am interested in community food systems planning and land regeneration. One of my favorite films is Legends of the Fall. I am interested in writing for magazines and traveling around the country and the world as a wwoofer (and as a person who just wants to know about other (food) cultures and lifestyles). I like photography, film scores, gymnastics and the outdoors. I value time, (or at least the freedom to make time my own) long lasting healthy relationships, opportunity and real food and drink.
I am a recent graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan where I studied Anthropology & Sociology and Economics. While at Kalamazoo, I worked to increase the sustainability of the campus’s infrastructure, developing an on-campus compost program and a financing plan for a large scale solar installation. I was also active in the local food movement. While I grew up in Illinois with corn and soybean fields not far away, it wasn’t until I studied and worked in northern Thailand for close to a year that I discovered my own desire to farm. In Thailand, I facilitated an action research project with an indigenous people’s organization, studying how the participatory methods they used in community mapping projects enabled communities to claim their broader political rights. I love being outdoors in the sunshine, reading, good coffee, and coffee shops. I enjoy running, rock climbing, and cooking. My favorite foods are kale, butternut squash, and apples. Im excited to intern at Soul Fire because I finds this area of New York particularly beautiful and know that Soul Fire’s values and purpose match my own!