Ellie is a sophomore majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Spanish. Her home and heart are in the mountains of North Carolina where she grew up. She greatly adores sunflower patches and the scent of lavender is one of her favorite things. She believes that gardening and sharing food with one another can be a powerful force in building beautiful communities.
Haley is a senior majoring in Biology and Literature & Culture, with minors in Chemistry and Medicine. She is a pre-med student from Tampa, FL. In addition to Hope Gardens, she is also involved with the Carolina Swing Dance Club. In her free time, she enjoys baking, eating the things she bakes, spending time with friends, and watching Tarantino movies.
Marguerite is a sophomore double majoring in Communications and Global Studies. She was raised in Western North Carolina and her constant exposure to the outdoors from her parents resulted in her affinity for the outdoors and flowers, which led her to join Hope Gardens in the fall of her freshman year. She loves getting to be a part of the community Hope Gardens has built!
Mikayla is a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Peace, War & Defense. She joined Hope Gardens in Fall 2015 after stumbling upon the organization at Fall Fest. She enjoys connecting with people and getting to know them. She loves walking barefoot in warm rain, especially when the rain is unexpected.
Cassidy is a sophomore majoring in Economics and the Sustainability Track of Environmental Studies. She considers herself the only Floridian who doesn't like seafood or orange juice. In her free time, she loves to explore and go hiking. She is also a compost nerd and is counting down the days until she gets to see a platypus in real life. She hopes to work with businesses to implement sustainable practices throughout their supply chains.
Eryn is a sophomore and majors in Business and Peace, War, and Defense. She's lived in Florida and Texas and has lived in North Carolina for six years. She loves exploring places to eat, hiking during the summer, and drinking coffee at inopportune times (she cites 3am as being an example of such). She is also involved with A Drink for Tomorrow, which attempts to address water access in local and international communities.
Chloe is a senior double majoring in Business and Information Science with a minor in Sustainability. During her time with Hope Gardens, she has been Historian, Grant Manager, and Development Director. She works part-time off campus mainly and in her free time, you'll most likely find her reading, looking for new books to read, or discussing books with her reading buddies. She's a huge nerd, so you could also find her watching Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, making and managing personal budget spreadsheets, or generally making life plans.
Sierra is a sophomore majoring in Communication and Southern Studies with a minor in Social & Economic Justice. Her academic interests include agriculture and food access issues in the American South, but she also loves to grow, make, and eat food in her free time. She's a former chair of Hope Gardens, and is currently a leader at the Jackson Center. The greatest loves of her life are her six cats, who are basically her children.