• Rissa Stiefel

    Member
    September 6, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Greetings. My name is Rissa. I just moved to Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains. I recently started volunteering with TEENS, INC., a non-profit that works with youth to teach them vocational agricultural skills. We have a large greenhouse on an organic farm where we grow vegetables utilizing aquacultural methods. As the current farming specialist on a team of mostly mental health counselors, my work is focused on improving the growing systems that consist of raised beds and vertical aquaponic towers. Throughout last year, I interned and WWOOFed at a few different organic farms and homesteads, observing many different types of production, management, and infrastructure. About 10 years ago, I completed a 72-hour Basic Permaculture Design certification through Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, as well as an apprenticeship with an urban farm in Colorado. I absolutely love being on the land and growing food in a way that enhances and collaborates with natural systems.