Celebrating AmeriCorps Week: Meet our VISTAs

What drew you to City Fruit?

I had followed City Fruit’s programming ever since I began doing local food systems work. I really love how their programming taps into the abundance of food that exists within urban communities and gleans produce to feed nutritious food to underserved folks within the Seattle community. Having had some experience working in fundraising and development at internationally focused non-profits, I am looking forward to learning the ins and outs of resource development at a local non-profit.

Hallie, City Fruit's third year Development and Communications VISTA

What is your favorite fruit?

My favorite fruit shifts with the seasons but I have a distinct appreciation for figs! Fig trees are so finicky yet fascinating and their fruits feel like such a special late summer treat. In my next life I would love to be a fig wasp.

 

Is your degree/college/work experience related and/or helpful in the work we do at City Fruit?

While I had experience interning at multiple non-profits in college, my degree and Fulbright experience are not explicitly related to the work we do at City Fruit. My degree was in International Studies and Spanish so while it did not specifically study food systems, my classes gave me sharp skills in systems analysis, critical thinking, and intercultural communications. 

 

What book are you reading and/or listening to right now?

I am currently reading The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Leguin. I love speculative science fiction and Leguin is certainly one of the best authors in the game. I am inspired by her creative yet grounded science fiction storytelling and Taoist influence!

Jeanie, City Fruit's second year Development and Communications VISTA

What drew you to City Fruit?

The sustainability of this organization.  Wasting food is heartbreaking, and gleaning is such an excellent use of time and natural resources.  My first project with AmeriCorps took place in Texas, and fruit seemed inaccessible and such a privilege.  The PNW definitely has an abundance of both supported and unintentional agriculture that provides sustenance for an amazing amount of people.  

What is your favorite fruit?

Twinning!  Fresh figs are my absolute favorite, specifically Adriatic ones, which are watermelon pink on the inside and grassy green on the outside.  I also love white fruit varieties: white apricots, golden raspberries, white nectarines, and white donut peaches.

 

Is your degree/college/work experience related and/or helpful in the work we do at City Fruit?

I majored in history and minored in Latin, so none of my college courses led me to City Fruit nor lended much knowledge around sustainable agriculture.  I did work with Seattle Tilth (now Tilth Alliance) while I was still in school.  After I graduated, I worked with the Washington Latino Farmer’s Network, selling produce from eastern Washington in Seattle.  I worked at Nora Farms in Snohomish as a farm hand for a few months as well.

 

What book are you reading and/or listening to right now?

I just finished Piglet by Lottie Hazell, which is a darker domestic novel focusing on food and relationships; and also How to Think Like a Woman by Regan Penaluna, which walks through early modern female philosophers with Penaluna’s experience studying graduate level philosophy.  I’m currently reading Saving Time by Jenny Odell and The Truth of Yoga by Daniel Sampson (both non-fiction).  I have Dispersals: On Plants, Borders, and Belonging by Jessica J. Lee (who wrote Turning: Lessons from Swimming Berlin’s Lakes) on my to-be-read shelf.  Some of my favorite authors publishing this year: Ruth Reichl (The Paris Novel), Rachel Khong (Real Americans), Halle Butler (Banal Nightmare), and Sally Rooney (Intermezzo).  Just waiting for those to be released!