Nora grew up in Brooklyn, NY where her exposure to outdoor pursuits was minimal until high school. During her high school years, Nora became enthralled by the woods as she spent three summers in a row participating in wilderness trips in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. These trips opened many doors and led to deeper thinking of her role in the environment and how strong leadership could create change. Nora went on to create the first environmental club in her lower Manhattan high school and facilitate and environmental committee of student government. As these passions deepened, Nora also became intrigued by the intersection of environmental issues and social justice.
Nora carried this environmental leadership with her to St. Michael’s College in Vermont where she majored in Environmental Studies with a double minor in Peace and Justice and Political Science. Nora self-designed her own concentration within the major called Community Food Systems. Nora’s interest in food systems and community development deepened after she spent three weeks at Navdanya, an educational farm in Dehradun, India as part of a sustainable agriculture class through her college. While Nora studied abroad in Zanzibar, Tanzania for a semester, she implemented a month-long research project on student-led environmental groups through which she participated in the starting stages of a community garden. Throughout college Nora remained active in various environmental groups on campus taking the lead on multiple campaigns and helped to start a Food Justice Club. Nora also interned for 350Vermont during her senior year, which strengthened her role as an environmental activist working on climate related issues. Additionally, throughout college Nora has worked with teens in an outdoor leadership program in Maine for two consecutive summers and coordinated environmental education programs for 4-8 year olds the following summer. She completed her senior college thesis on permaculture, which revealed to her the need for whole-systems thinking in solving environmental problems.
Nora is a strong believer in the power of growing your own food to cultivate strong healthy communities. This is Nora’s second year as the AmeriCorps garden coordinator. She is continually inspired by what children are capable of and is excited to spend time learning experientially with them in the garden!