Eliza Fournier has served in the Windy City Harvest department for more than 10 years. In that time, she has helped more than 200 communities and schools plan and implement gardens in their neighborhoods, and she now oversees the operations of all four Youth Farm sites. Fournier earned her bachelor's degree in environmental studies from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois, and her master's degree in public affairs from Indiana University, where she concentrated in urban management. Lately, she has been seen presenting a variety of gardening topics during regular appearances on Chicago Tonight.
Laura Erickson serves as the market coordinator for the Youth Farm. She oversees the harvest and distribution of sustainably grown produce at each of the four Youth Farm sites. Before Erickson arrived at the Chicago Botanic Garden, she apprenticed on organic farms in California and Georgia. She also served as an assistant project manager at the Center for Transportation and the Environment, a nonprofit organization in Atlanta, Georgia. Erickson earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Bradley University.
Lily Baker Coordinator Washington Park Youth Farm
Lily Baker has experience working on urban and rural farms, including a goat dairy, a winery, and multiple certified organic vegetable farms. In addition, she has worked in education with elementary and high school students. Lily recently spent a year working with FamilyFarmed.org, a Chicago-based non-profit. Lily has a bachelors in international studies from the University of Chicago, where she wrote an undergraduate thesis on food sovereignty. She is thrilled to be back on the south side, digging in the dirt, and getting students excited about growing and eating veggies!
CARSON POOLE Coordinator North Lawndale Youth Farm
Carson Poole started his work with the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm as a grower in North Lawndale in 2012. He grew up on a family farm in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York and has a background in sustainable agriculture. He has worked on farms in the United States and spent a season working on a biodynamic farm in France. Poole earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Science in 2009.
MEGAN BAUMANN Coordinator Lake County Youth Farm
Megan Baumann graduated with a liberal arts degree from Loyola University and worked in human rights law for a few years. After volunteering with farmers in southern France, Argentina, and Chicago, Baumann decided to pursue a career in growing; she completed the Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest program in 2012. She loves cooking, dancing, camping, and learning languages. Baumann looks forward to seeing students comfortable with soil-covered hands, gleeful with a colorful harvest following weeks of field work.