We have a whole new crop of staff and interns joining the Nourishing the Planet team this fall. Today, meet Jenny Beth Dyess.
Jenny Beth Dyess
Jenny Beth graduated from Gordon College in Massachusetts receiving her degree in Biology and Sustainable Agriculture. She furthered her interest in how environmental issues connect to social justice through a semester at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel. Both during and after college she had opportunities to gain further experience working at organic farms.
In August Jenny Beth returned to the United States after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania for two years where she was involved in the Environmental Education and Rural Sustainable Development program. In her village of Nakarara she organized sustainable agriculture trainings for local farmers, taught English and environmental conservation at the local primary school, started a girls empowerment group, conducted an experiential learning farm, and experienced first-hand how much work it takes to get one little cashew nut.
She is now missing the taste of freshly roasted cashews as she adjusts to the painfully cold climate of the Washington D.C. area. To keep out the cold she enjoys speaking Swahili, drinking tea, running, cooking, and reading. She is excited to continue developing her passion for pursuing environmentally sustainable food security for the world poor, hopes to return to East Africa in the future, but is looking forward to being onboard with Worldwatch now.