Why did you choose to work with Rise Gardens?
I have a background in greenhouse and hydroponic research and found that this position would allow me to continue that line of work. As someone who is interested in food system resilience related to climate change, hydroponic gardening at the home-level provides an interesting look into the future of agriculture.
I have also lived my entire life in an urban environment where food sources were far away. Urban farming/gardening was something that interested me and I see this company playing a role in increasing people's plant literacy. As I work to develop new crops in our system, I see the interest in plant growth and plant science from people who use our system. I am excited to see how we can take this technology into the classroom and use it as a tool to help children understand plant science, food systems, and nutrition.
How has Rise Gardens changed how you are eating?
I have been able to incorporate more exotic herbs and increase my consumption of vegetables.
What’s your favorite dish to cook?
I like to make enchiladas which go great with fresh cilantro.
Do you have any special secret talents?
Starting in high school, I got into ceramics and learned how to build sculptures.
How do you spend your free time?
I like to play with my lab-mix dog, James. He has been a fantastic therapy during COVID. I also enjoy cooking and trying new recipes including curries, and perfecting my portobello burger recipe.