Welcome to Our New Garden VISTAs!
Last week the Volunteer Center welcomed two new AmeriCorps VISTA Garden Coordinators to our office. Carol Oliviera and Rebekka Brown began their year of service as Rooney and Bonnie’s year came to an end. Bonnie finished on August 9th and Rooney is with us until August 23rd.
Carol and Bekka will work together to coordinate the community gardens at Sawyer and Kate Mitchell Elementary Schools. They have been busy getting acquainted with the gardens and all of the people involved as well as our office and AmeriCorps VISTA. They attended a Pre-Service Orientation in Atlanta, Georgia before their first day with us.
Carol joined the Volunteer Center as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in August 2013. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2009 with a B.S. in Agricultural Operations Management and in 2013 complete her M.S. at Iowa State University in Sociology and Sustainable Agriculture. Her thesis focused on understanding farmer’s perspectives of biodiversity and finding ways to integrate their knowledge into biodiversity conservation.
Bekka joined the Volunteer Center as an AmeriCorps VISTA as a Parent-Community Engagement School Garden Coordinator. She comes from many places, but the most recent is the Lake Geneva area of southeastern Wisconsin. She just graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelor’s of Industrial Design and plans to apply to the Master’s of Design in Sustainable Environments program beginning in Fall of 2014. She’s excited about her position because she will be combining her love for the outdoors, gardens, and agriculture with her passion to alleviate those in poverty.
They can be contacted through email or by calling our office.