Fern is an AmeriCorps member that serves as Concrete Jungle’s Programs and Operations Summer Associate. Concrete Jungle turns overlooked and underutilized fruit trees and land into a healthy food source for communities in need. Working with community members and other local organizations in Georgia, Concrete Jungle forages, gleans, and distributes produce to those who need it.
Fern will aid in multiple existing projects including PEEL, fruit tree scouting, and distribution of produce. In addition they will be heading the Orchard Project, tracking down and recording usage of produce from orchards donated to various schools, fire stations, and community gardens around Atlanta.
Fern grew up just outside of Atlanta, where she spent her childhood wandering outdoors on a skateboard. During this time they became interested in the flora, both native and introduced. From there it was a short leap to learning about the unjust history of foraging laws and food waste. In her free time Fern enjoys hiking, knitting, studying insects, and experimenting with fermentation.