B.A. Integrating Society and Environment, University of Redlands- Johnston Center for Integrative Studies
Devin was born and raised in suburban Southern California. In 2011, Devin enrolled in an alternative educational program called the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, ran out of the University of Redlands. During her first year there Devin participated in an integrative study abroad trip to Oaxaca, Mexico and Guatemala where she focused on community studies and alternative governance models, globalization and development, Spanish language acquisition, and water rights. From this experience, Devin gained her strong appreciation for intentional community practice and consensus-based governance.
Her interdisciplinary degree was oriented around sociology, agriculture, and environmental studies. It culminated in an interdisciplinary thesis studying the city of Redlands’s local small business network and the ways that social capital works therein. She graduated having been a Community Assistant in ‘Johnston’, something she still considers to be her greatest honor.
Devin is hopeful about the emergence and ascension of urban agricultural networks in our domestic landscape, with particular regards to the unique roles that women farmers are playing in these networks. She plans to track these networks as they grow and become more embedded in cities across the Untied States, likely paying particular attention to what is happening right here in swampy New Orleans.
Alternative Food Networks, Agri-Food Systems, Urban Agriculture, Ecofeminism