Meet the Grow It Know It team and support team.
WICK PRICHARD – COORDINATOR
Wick is the coordinator of the Grow It Know It (GIKI) program. Wick received his Masters Degree in Environmental Planning and Design, concentrating on Georgia’s first sea level rise plan, which was unanimously adopted by Tybee Island City Council in April 2016. Wick served two terms with AmeriCorps VISTA and is now proud to support AmeriCorps programs working with youth in Athens and the surrounding area.
Prior to his current experiences, Wick taught environmental education for ten years across the United States. Wick’s goal, in whatever position he is working or volunteering, is to raise the awareness of the public to the environmental challenges facing society and to encourage creative solutions considering ecology, economy, and equity, and if he is afforded the opportunity, do so in song.
ANDIE BISCEGLIA – USDA GRANT PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Andie Bisceglia is recent UGA graduate with an MS from the Department of Crop and Soil Science. Her thesis research was on how school gardens affect student thinking around sustainability and healthy eating. Previosuly, she earned a BS in environmental studies from Bates College in Maine, and worked as an environmental educator and farm apprentice at a variety of farms, outdoor education centers, community gardens, and botanical gardens on the east coast.
Our most vital asset are the AmeriCorps VISTA service members. Every school day, the AmeriCorps VISTA serves as the school gardener, organizes resources, trains school staff and students to run their own sustainability program, and does their best to build a community of collaboration around school gardens.
Ashley is a recent graduate of Young Harris College with a background in biology and sustainability. She operates a small homestead in Winder,Georgia where she and her fiance raise rabbits and poultry. Ashley is extremely passionate about agriculture and the current farm to school movement in the area and hopes to help expand the movement to other schools within the county. Ashley will be serving as a Grow It Know It AmeriCorps VISTA in Barrow County this year, managing her time between CFIT (The Center For Innovation and Technology) and Appalachee High School.
Ellen is a recent graduate of UGA with a degree in cellular biology. Ellen will be serving as the school gardener at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School. She is new to the agriculture scene but still strives to learn as much as possible about sustainability and the farm to school programs in Athens-Clarke County and Winder. She hopes to attend medical school in the future.
Emma is a recent UGA graduate with a degree in horticulture focusing on sustainable food systems. She has previous experience in small farm settings, urban rooftop gardening, and farm to table programming in a summer camp setting. Emma is passionate about sustainability and equitable food systems. In her free time, Emma enjoys hiking, cooking, reading and will readily talk about food waste to anyone! Emma will be serving as the school gardener at W.R. Coile Middle School.
Emma has just returned from Mexico, where she spent the last two years teaching English, surrounded by many varieties of succulents and cacti, prominent among them agave and prickly pear. She has previously worked on organic farms and in community gardens in Canada and Mexico, which is strange because she grew up in Decatur and this will be her first time really growing stuff in the South, let alone the entire country. She is excited to be back in Georgia, working with middle schoolers and sharing what she knows about plants, cooking, sustainable living and equal access to cheap, fresh and healthy food. Emma will be serving as the school gardener at Clarke Middle School.
Charlie just completed a bachelors in Natural Resources, Recreation, and Tourism in 2018. Before Grow It Know It, she worked as an interpreter for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, educating the public on plant and animal identification and the importance of Leave No Trace. Now with Grow It Know It, she is ready to step outside her box of natural resources and learn about engaging students in farm to table and sustainability programs at their schools.
Charlie enjoys hiking trips with family, kayaking, and reading. Her favorite hiking trip was across the Teton Crest trail and was the first time she had seen a grouse, which are cute little forest chickens. Her favorite genre of books are fantasy stories filled with adventure, maybe some magic, and always a smidge of romance. She and her dog Sam enjoy lengthy walks along the greenway trail. In the kitchen her favorite foods to make are different curry dishes. She loves to food prep for the week which leaves her feeling organized and it’s been a great way to cut back on weekly food waste. Currently at home she has begun composting inside, which is smellier than she had imagined! Charlie will be serving as the school gardener at Hilsman Middle School
DAVID BERLE. Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, University of Georgia
TAD MACMILLAN. Principal, Clarke Middle School
DEBBIE MITCHELL. Agriculture Science Teacher, Clarke Central High School
ERIN SEYMOUR. Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Hilsman Middle School
JENNIFER JO THOMPSON. Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, University of Georgia
SHANNON WILDER. Director, Office of Service-Learning, University of Georgia
HOPE ZIMMERMAN. Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Clarke Middle School
Thank you to the following for their gracious financial support.