Monday, January 31, 2011

Welcome, Emily!


Emily Lecuyer is new to the New Roots team! She will be coordinating the CSA program for 2011. You can reach her at elecuyer(at)catholiccharitiesks.org or at 913.620.2080.

Although a native of Missouri, Emily Lecuyer has only recently begun to set down roots of her own in the region. After growing up in a small town just outside of St. Louis, she studied Sociology and Anthropology at Truman State University in Kirksville as well as Arabic and Islamic studies at Al-Akhawayan University in Morocco. Shortly after graduating she moved to California to be with her new husband, himself a native of Kansas City.

Within weeks of moving to San Diego, Emily joined her first CSA and her life has never been the same! She immediately fell in love with the region’s strong local food movement. It was during this time that she began working with the International Rescue Committee on food security projects and sustainable agricultural policy.

Emily and her husband left California to pursue their dream of joining the Peace Corps together. They served almost three years on the island of Palawan in The Philippines where Emily worked with subsistence fishermen and farmers to improve food security and increase income for their families.

Emily and her husband returned to the Midwest in the winter of 2010, when Kansas City, Missouri was at a critical juncture for urban farmers. Witnessing this movement, they decided it was the right time to stay and put their energy towards improving their own home. Knowing she wanted more hands-on sustainable agricultural experience, Emily apprenticed at Fair Share Farm in Kearney, Missouri through the Growing Growers program.

Emily serves on the Kansas City CSA Coalition Core Group and is slowly developing her urban homesteading skills. She is super excited to be establishing roots in Kansas City and looks forward to working with a diverse group of farmers and hungry eaters.

Welcome, Emily! We're excited to have you!

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