Janis wakes up every morning with some combination of focus on Community, Family, Resilience and Education. With those driving forces at play it is no wonder that she came to join the team at the Urban Farm as the Project Manager of AZ Events as well as the new Podcast Production Supervisor.
Janis is a recent graduate of the Arizona State University, School of Sustainability, earning her BS in Sustainability. And although she had a strong focus to find opportunities to help educate and strengthen her communities in sustainability methods, she did not realize how much she could do with the local food system until her Sustainable Food and Farms class. All previous misconceptions of her black thumb were no longer obstacles. She became motivated to learn all she could about gardening and urban farming while using her organization and project management skills to help facilitate a couple of the Urban Farm larger events. From that point on, she has been an active part of the Urban Farm team. She is bringing her enthusiasm and cheerful attitude to her projects at the Farm especially the Annual Fruit Tree Program, and the Urban Farm Podcast, as well as the Great American Seed-Up which is a partner project with GrowPhx.
She is a proud mother of three young adult sons, and with her husband of 26 years is about to find out what an ‘empty nest’ means. She figures she has about five years to start getting her new yard and garden ready for future grandchildren and will be an active participant in most of the Urban Farm’s classes and projects. You will find her behind the scenes in many different projects and events at the Farm and elsewhere in the community as her commitment to making a difference will not let her sit still when there are opportunities to help improve her neighborhoods.