Welcome, Anastasia!

20 Nov 2019, by Admin in Harvest Blog, Harvest VISTA, Washington state, International Rescue Committee

After Anastasia Ryseff graduated from Occidental College May 2017 with a degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs and French, she moved to rural France where she taught English, interpreted for the immigration office and worked with a local farm. Anastasia recently moved back to her hometown, Seattle, WA, and is now thrilled to serve her community as a Harvest AmeriCorps VISTA at the International Rescue Committee where she utilizes her knowledge and passion for human rights, sustainable food systems and holistic health and nutrition.  

Harvest VISTA Anastasia Ryseff serves at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) New Roots Program. New Roots at the IRC Seattle works with refugee, immigrant and vulnerable communities in South King County to improve food access and community wellness. New Roots provides individuals and families space to grow their own food at four different community gardens, while also offering community programs such as English classes, yoga, stress reduction groups, and student summer internships. New Roots also runs two subsidized farm stands that sell produce grown by clients in the gardens. For those who need or want assistance, New Roots offers trainings and workshops on gardening skills and guidance on how to navigate the Pacific Northwest growing climate.