Transplants and Biennials: New and Familiar Faces Mark Team Arizona

Welcome to the FoodCorps Arizona Blog! We will be posting monthly to keep our partners and the public up to date with what is happening in the world of FoodCorps Arizona. From the towering Saguaro’s of the desert to the lakes and streams of Apache, our service sites and members are as diverse as the landscape of Arizona. We have new service members who have transplanted from both the East and West Coast and some familiar faces that have popped up for a second year of growth. We look forward to sharing our stories with you.

Introducing Team Arizona for the FoodCorps 2015-2016 service term! Meet Will, Alicia, Maya, Emily, Tyrone, Elena, Carina, Jenn, Nacho and Samantha! To kick off the year we’d like to introduce our team to share more about who we are and what we bring to our service.

PY16 Headshot Will ConwayWill Conway, returning service member with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, Feast for the Future Program, Tuba City. Will brings a basket full of gardening mistakes from his first year to learn from in his second year.


Alicia Tsosie, returning service member with PY16 Headshot_Alicia Tsosiethe Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, Feast for the Future Program, Tuba City and The Grand Canyon Trust Native America Program. As a Tuba City native and devoted worker for her community, Alicia has the ability to bring together multiple partners, organize fantastic educational events, and achieve big successes.

PY16 Headshot Tyrone ThompsonTyrone Thompson, returning service member with the STAR School in Leupp. As a Navajo tribal member, father and experienced farmer, Tyrone has the skills to navigate the harsh growing conditions of the foothills of the Southwestern corner of the Navajo Nation.


PY16 Headshot_Elena GreenbergElena Greenberg, Prescott Farmers Market. Elena joins the team with a degree in Environmental Studies from Northern Arizona University. During her time in Flagstaff, Elena was the president of the Flagstaff Food Recovery Network where she introduced a new model of food sustainability to her university by taking usually wasted dining hall food and donating it to local food banks. Elena also enjoys baking, rock climbing and hiking.


PY16 Headshot Maya HarjoMaya Harjo, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, Feast for the Future Program, Whiteriver. Maya joins the team with an academic background in Tribal Sovereignty and brings her native perspective to her service. She is enrolled in the Quapaw tribe of Oklahoma and is affiliated with the Muscogee Creek and Shawnee tribes of Oklahoma. She brings her passion for food justice to the Apache community she serves.

PY16 Headshot Emily MaheuxEmily Maheux, The People’s Farm, Whiteriver. Emily joins our team from local food-centric Vermont where she gained farming and gardening experience. She looks forward to figuring out ways to keep wild horses out of the crops of Ndee Bikiyaa (The People’s Farm) and to being a part of their extensive educational programming.


PY16 Headshot_Carina ZehrCarina Zehr, returning service member with the Community Foodbank of Southern Arizona. Carina returns to Tucson where she is coordinating multiple school garden projects, teaching exciting garden lessons, and utilizing her Spanish language expertise. She seeks to perfect her ability to cook delicious pizza in adobe ovens.


PY16 Headshot Jenn DiggsJenn Diggs, Community Foodbank of Southern Arizona. Jenn joins the FoodCorps Arizona team with an educational background in nutrition and experience gardening. Her curriculum planning experience makes her a valuable asset to the Community Foodbank team.


PY16 Headshot Nacho FloresNacho Flores, San Simon School on the Tohono O’odham reservation. Nacho serves his community where he previously worked as a chef. His passion for cooking with traditional foods, knowledge of O’odham culture and language, and basket weaving talent will shape his FoodCorps service.


PY16 Headshot Samantha Turner copySamantha Turner, FoodCorps Arizona Fellow. Samantha returns to the FoodCorps team for the third year as AZ Fellow. She served for two years with the Prescott Farmers Market in Prescott, AZ where she developed strong relationships with farmers, coordinated three school garden projects and built strong community partnerships. She looks forward to being a leader on a state level as she steps into her role as fellow.