A big welcome to Stephanie Turco, summer apprentice in the Community Gardening Leadership Training!
Stephanie is helping grow food for the food bank at the Good Cheer Garden, Langley Middle School Garden, and Whidbey Institute Westgarden. She brings a wealth of information and insight from her previous gardening experience.
Here’s Stephanie in her own words:
I am originally from Littleton, CO but moved to Eugene, OR 5 years ago to study environmental science and biology at the University of Oregon. During that time, I completed an internship working at GrassRoots Garden, a 2.5 acre food bank garden that grew over 60,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables for Food for Lane County.
Both the internship and my studies sparked my interest in food security. This apprenticeship gives me the opportunity to discover more about garden management and community outreach, and puts me on the path to using backyard and community gardening as tools to create healthy, cooperative communities that foster well being in all residents.
Though I’ve only been here for a short while, I have already started to enjoy island life. The wonderful people of Whidbey Island further solidify my belief that the Pacific Northwest is one of the greatest places to live. If you see me enjoying a cup of coffee or biking around town, feel free to say hello!