FaithLands Coordinator – Eastern North Carolina
Josie Walker is a native of Eastern North Carolina and has a passion for agriculture, self-sufficiency, and connecting people. She believes strongly that people should be able to have access to fresh, healthy food; growing it themselves should be a right, not a privilege. She also believes that God has given us stewardship over the land, and it’s up to us to create sustainable spaces to grow food and act as wildlife habitats while building community and good soil.
Before finding her true passion in agriculture, Josie had what has been described as “wanderlust.” Her travels included two years in southern Germany learning the language and teaching English as a foreign language. She has also been a high school math teacher, a coffee barista, and an arts and crafts instructor for a YMCA day camp. Josie graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and is an alumna of UNC-Charlotte, where she earned a degree in Mathematics and minored in Spanish, and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, where she graduated with a degree in Agricultural and Environmental Systems, with a Concentration in Urban and Community Horticulture. While at NC A&T, Josie served as a the Local Food Ambassador, an NC 10% Campaign program for college students to promote local food and sustainability on their individual campuses and was named a 2016 Local Food Hero by the Center for Environmental Farming System and Farm to Fork. Josie also worked as the Farmer Research and Outreach Coordinator with UFoods, a two-year project designed to develop new market opportunities for farmers by building collaborative supply chains links from farms to university campuses in North Carolina.
Email Josie at josie [@] agrariantrust.org