This is Ilana, an AmeriCorps Garden Coordinator! Ilana grew up in the Pacific Northwest enjoying the forests, mountains, and rivers of the Cascades. She developed a love for working with children outside at a young age while working for summer camps and volunteering with Oregon Outdoor School. While working on an interdisciplinary studies degree, she developed a passion for local food systems and environmental education. Studying abroad in Nepal deepened that desire to work within the intersection of land and culture. She hopes to continue learning about the connection between local food systems, the environment, and culture in Montezuma County. Fun fact: Ilana is working towards becoming a certified rock-climbing instructor! Please help us in welcoming Ilana to Montezuma County!