With the start of Summer comes beautiful, new opportunities to build community and grow our organization. This year we welcomed three AmeriCorps Summer Associates to help maintain our flourishing urban farm at The Huss Project. This week we want to introduce you to one of them.
Jaz Popa, originally from New Jersey, has called Michigan home since college. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a minor in Food Systems. Her passion for farming, specifically urban farming, came after taking a few classes in food systems and seeing the need for a major societal shift in the way we approach food.
She decided to join *cino for the Summer because it aligned with her pa
ssion for helping others as well as “to help provide food insecure community areas with fresh, healthy food and increase food access / knowledge.”
Jaz also felt that the opportunity to work with AmeriCorps would provide her “a way for me to get involved in my neighboring communities to work on preventing poverty through food access”.
When she’s not saving the world from hunger, Jaz loves visiting the beach and her family in New Jersey, growing her own food, and painting.
We are so thrilled Jaz has joined us for this short season and we appreciate the dedication she has already brought to her work at *cino.
Stayed tuned for more introductions of the new *cino staff in upcoming weeks!