About Eliza. Eliza Bordley recently graduated from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. She majored in Studio Art with a double minor in Religious Studies and Environmental Studies. Eliza was the president of the College of Charleston’s environmental club- Alliance for Planet Earth (APE) for three semesters. Her work included volunteering with the Charleston Area Children’s Garden Project, the Coastal Conservation League, the BoGarden and other local organizations. She received the “Cistern Award” in the spring of 2011 for leadership and service to her community along with a nomination for College of Charleston’s “Student of the Year- Leadership and Community Service” through the SALA Awards program. Eliza has also participated in three international service trips through the Alternative Spring Break Program. As a participant on a trip to rural Jamaica and a leader for two trips to the Dominican Republic, she has gained experience in international teaching and
travel. Eliza as worked for the Green River Preserve (GRP) in Cedar Mountain, North Carolina for the past three summers. As both a camp counselor for elementary and middle school students and wilderness Expedition Leader for high school students,
Eliza has been trained as an outdoor educator for all age groups. Sustainable practices, outdoor living, local food systems and land conservation are some of her main interests that she hopes to share with others.
About Dylan. Dylan Hammond has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Biology and Coastal Zone Management from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is a founding member of Eckerd’s student run organic campus garden and a participant in the St. Petersburg Elementary Edible Schoolyard program. During his college years Dylan completed the Sea Education Association’s “Documenting Change in the Caribbean” program based in Wood’s Hole, MA with education-based tall ship voyages to both the Caribbean and the North Atlantic coast. He also designed a wilderness exploration course for a solo expedition by canoe through Everglades of South Florida. A carpenter by trade and a mechanic by hobby he is an excited member of the bus tour operation because of the agricultural and experiential education aspects of the expedition.
About Ellen. Ellen Duda is a senior at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, working on her BFA in Illustration. A designer by trade and southern girl at heart, Ellen has grown up loving to garden and explore nature. Her love for the outdoors has led her to work in various summer camps in North Carolina teaching a variety of skills, from canoeing to swimming, to drama and art. While in Philadelphia she was a part of the Americorps Scholars in Service program. This opportunity allowed her to work on multiple community service projects and intern for a nonprofit that taught art classes to children in emergency housing shelters. Ellen’s experience with children in these shelters awakened her to the vast expanse of knowledge about food and nutrition that is missing in many people’s lives. Ellen’s love of nature and teaching are what make her so excited to embark on the Sol Food Mobile Farm tour. She hopes to share her knowledge of healthy foods and creative solutions across the United States, while in turn meeting wonderful people and learning some things of her own.
About Reid. Reid Rosemond is an Americorps NCCC graduate with experience in community development and disaster response. He recently completed the Vermont based Yestermorrow Design-Build school’s certificate program in sustainable building and design with a focus on Permaculture. An avid gardener and dedicated civil-servant Reid has spent the past year teaching swim lessons at the YMCA, teaching part-time at the Montessori Children’s House of Durham as well as volunteering at many local vegetable farms and livestock operations. His recent education has bolstered his experience in sustainable building with proficiencies in diesel to waste vegetable oil conversions, green roofing, regenerative design, solar design, and green remodeling. Reid plans on coupling this bus tour with his Yestermorrow School practicum project in order to showcase proficiency in sustainable systems.
Reid and Dylan have both spent the past two years restoring a farmhouse in Durham County, creating a sustainable homestead through organic gardening, animal husbandry, Permaculture and recycled building.