Meet the 2014-15 Fellows!
The Indy Food Council, Butler University, Marian University, the University of Indianapolis, and IUPUI have come together to create the Indy Food Fellows. The Indy Food Fellows program provides a series of year-long fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to improve the health and sustainability of the Indianapolis food system. The fellows spend about one day a week embedded with their sponsoring organization, helping the organization achieve its mission while simultaneously gaining real world experience through engagement with the city of Indianapolis.
Check out the Indy Food Fellows below and peruse our occasional blog entry on the main page!
Fall Creek Gardens
School: Butler University
Major: Science, Technology, and Society
Biography: Blake is at Butler from Lake Zurich, IL and will be partnering with Fall Creek Gardens for his food fellowship. As a food fellow at Fall Creek Gardens, Blake will serve the community by helping out with the teaching garden. Here, he will work with community members and teach them the various skills associated with gardening and will also be helping to develop other projects throughout the garden that are in the making. The bulk of Blake’s duties will be in the form of educating the community, as well as helping Fall Creek Gardens expand and meet their full potential with new projects. After graduating from Butler in 2016, Blake plans on going to grad school to become a physical therapist and he will draw upon my experiences as a food fellow to connect with patients in an effort to improve public health, one person at a time.
Why Did You Become a Food Fellow? After working in a pharmacy and also as a personal trainer, Blake began to notice the issues of public health and how it links to nutrition and food as well as physical health. Blake became a food fellow because he wanted to be a part of the movement that brings healthy food back to the residents of Indy and thus allow people to take back responsibility for all aspects of their health.
Major: Masters in Public Affairs
Biography: Dan is a graduate student with an interest in utilizing legislation to provide business development opportunities in various sectors including sustainable energy and local food. He will be working with Slane Capital, an Indy based early-stage funding and execution partner to capable Founders with exceptional ideas. They identify, de--risk, launch, and build enduring companies. Slane's latest project involves redeveloping the Tinker Flats site. Now an empty, three-story warehouse — with an adjacent one-story building — the approximately 30,000-square-foot Tinker Flats project will eventually house such businesses as a craft distillery, an artisan ice cream producer, a chocolatier and other food-related businesses.
Why Did You Become a Food Fellow? In the past few years local food development has been one of the fastest growing industries. Therefore, joining the Indy Food Council as an Indy Food Fellow will improve my understanding of the market, innovative ideas, financing sources, and will better my network with major players in the local food community.
School:University of Indianapolis
Major: Creative and Professional Writing with Minors in Literature and Sustainability
Biography: Dani is from the Avon, IN area and grew up in the house her grandfather built fifty years ago. Through writing, literature, and sustainability, Dani is working to get UIndy and community gardens to work together on creating a “take one, leave one” library system so that community members have access to literature along with the access to community garden’s. Dani hopes to work with non-profit companies after she graduates from UIndy and is looking forward to working with Big Car in her fellowship to support her future goals.
Why Did You Become a Food Fellow?Recommended by a professor and once she found out she could work with Big Car again and decided she was all in. Dani has volunteered with Big Car in the past and enjoyed the work they did with raising awareness of community gardens and hope to support them and their goal this year through her fellowship.
Growing Places Indy
Biography:Passionate about social justice, wellness, and sustainability, Emma is devoted to learning and being a part of social change. Her current favorite experience concerning these efforts is building community in Marian's Peace and Justice organizations through actions to advocate and educate about sustainability on campus and to learning through the Institute for Green and Sustainable Sciences (IGSS) program. For the future she will be pursuing at least a year of service in social justice and will eventually attempt a Masters in Public Health.
Why Did You Become a Food Fellow? Food Fellows offers a remarkable opportunity to grow in community across campuses as well as the city. Being able to observe and partake in the various food actions across this city allows me to realize why I am passionate about the wellness of others and - more importantly - how much I still need to learn. I chose and am blessed to be in this program because it allows me to become aware of the role of nourishment and the other values that unite us all through food.
Hoosier Harvest Market
Majors: Master of Public Affairs in Urban Sustainability
Biography: Kahfii is from Chicago, IL and will be working with the Hoosier Harvest Market, an online farmer’s market, for her fellowship. Kahfii will also be working with Farm to School working towards assisting with child nutrition. After Kahfii completes her degree, she hopes to work for a nonprofit that works with food sustainability within the community and make change happen.
Why Did You Become a Food Fellow: After working with Growing Places Indy, Kahfii re-discovered her love for food and the part it plays in a community. After realizing she wanted to work within the food system in Indianapolis, she discovered the fellowship program and found that it would be a great opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals.
IN Cooperative Development Center (ICDC)
Graduate Degree: Master of Public Affairs- Urban Sustainability
Biography: Mychaela grew up on a farm in Pendleton, IN. She has an undergraduate degree in environmental health and science. With her experience on a farm and in the city, Mychaela has seen many aspects of the food cycle and at various stages throughout the community. For her fellowship, Mychaela will be working with Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC). She is looking forward to learning about all of the services that the ICDC provides.
Why Did You Become a Food Fellow? The transition from the life of a farm girl to one living in an urban environment was a very eye-opening experience and Mychaela wanted to get involved in working with key players in the community that are creating change and focusing on easier access to affordable, local, fresh food.
Westminister Neighborhood Ministries
School: Butler University
Major or Graduate Degree: Philosophy/Psychology
Biography: From Noblesville, IN, Trevor attends Butler University and will be working with Westminster Neighborhood Ministries. Trevor is interested in learning how to enhance the availability of healthy foods to the Indianapolis community. During his fellowship, Trevor will primarily focus on teaching a youth gardening program. After finishing at Butler University, Trevor would like to obtain a Masters in Psychology.
Why Did You Become a Food Fellow? Trevor has always been interested in organic food, even at a young age. After taking a Sustainable Food Systems class at Butler, with Dr. Mink, Trevor’s interests of food moved towards sustainability.