New Americorps Youth Grow Educator

Pesha Wasserstrom is the new Northwest Service Academy/Americorps member with Growing Gardens, and she is very excited to be serving as the Youth Grow Educator! Pesha was born and raised here in Portland, and she is glad to be back after several years away on the East coast. This fall, Pesha will be teaching the After School Garden Clubs at Humboldt PK-8 and at Shaver Elementary. Pesha was been working with kids since she was a freshman in high school, and she is super excited to get out in the garden and work in the soil with the kids!

While living back East, Pesha worked with Nuestras Raices, an urban farm and community organization in Holyoke, MA, helping on the farm and working on getting produce from the farm into a local high school cafeteria. She also worked as an intern with the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council, helping to map sources of healthy, fresh produce in the Holyoke area. Pesha volunteered on the farm at Hampshire College, where she went to school, and worked with the school’s Local Foods Initiative, getting local produce into the school cafeteria. While Pesha misses the fall foliage and bountiful New England harvests, she is happy to be home in Portland, and is thrilled to be working with Growing Gardens!


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