I was born and raised in Mansfield. I decided to leave when I graduated from high school but I was drawn back throughout early adulthood. Mansfield always felt like home.
I went to college uncertain about what wanted to do but knew that I wanted to be successful and a leader. So I chose business school, which inspired me to become an entrepreneur.
Initially, I thought of food entrepreneurship as a retirement dream. Then I decided, why not achieve my dream now?
My business moto is “Build, Grow, Feed." I want to build hoop houses, raised beds, and gardens in the community. Help people grow food and teach them how to grow their own food. Finally, I want to help feed people and help them learn how to cater to people in need.
I first got involved with NECIC when I heard about a symposium from a childhood babysitter, where I met Deanna and Kip. Eventually, I was hired as a community garden manager. I wanted to focus more on my own business after a while, so when I heard about the budding microfarm project, I knew I had to get further involved.
RGO has provided opportunities for people to identify problems in their community and for people to build solutions to the problems they face. Residents are our greatest community asset!