La Sonya Luther is a beginning farmer who previously lived and worked on an 11 acre farm in Illinois. Now in Nebraska, she continues her education working at Rolling Acre Farms, growing her urban agriculture knowledge by working with livestock and at-risk medicinal herbs. She is working to build her own urban farm in Omaha using vacant lots provided by the City of Omaha. She is passionate about creating an urban farming space that grows agricultural products such as fruits, nuts, and medicinal herbs using ecologically sound principles to revitalize these neglected spaces. The products grown have value as food and medicine, for a community where many do not have regular access to healthy, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food. Additionally, La Sonya is passionate about making these spaces for education and healing, where youth, their families and their community can reconnect with sustainable agricultural practices.
Project objectives from proposal:
- Co-identify and conduct educational visits at 2-4 unique operations demonstrating sustainable farming practices in the Midwest with youth.
- Guide youth in identifying sustainable farming/landscaping techniques to pilot on demonstration urban farm to be built on vacant lots in North Omaha.
- Support youth and provide technical expertise and support in designing site plan, video, and portfolio of sustainable farm/landscape design to be built on vacant lots in North Omaha.