Meet Our New Community Gardens Intern

Hello Gardeners!

Some of you may have already seen me pulling weeds or sitting in on gardener meetings, and if you haven't, you probably will soon! My name is Sophie and I'm excited to dig in with you all this summer building community and growing some vegetables as Garden City Harvest's Community Gardens Intern.

I'm a Minnesota transplant and am currently a grad student in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana, focusing on food and livelihoods (from farming and sustainable agriculture to commercial morel harvesting on public lands). Even though my mom is one of the best gardeners I've ever met, I didn't get excited about agriculture and gardening until about five years ago when I was spending the summer working with an environmental and social justice oriented arts collective in rural Maine. I had the opportunity to visit a friends small coastal farm, where I got to help harvest boat loads of kale and wild blueberries, and eat farm feasts with our exhausted crew. I was immediately hooked.

After moving back to Minneapolis I spent the next two summers doing part-time work with a local farmers coop - packing CSA boxes, working farmers market stands, and dabbling in urban agriculture the first summer, and helping out at an animal and storage vegetable farm in rural Wisconsin (where I got to bottle feed a few snuggly lambs) the next. I finally jumped ship on the big city and began putting down roots in Missoula almost three years ago. I had a garden plot at the Northside Community Garden for the past two seasons and spent this spring working up at the PEAS Farm. Though I now have a sprawling backyard to cultivate and have given up my Northside plot this summer (call me crazy, but I already miss the dill!), I'm glad to keep one foot in the door by working alongside all of you to build up what I see as one of Missoula's greatest resources: Community Gardens.