October 18, 2017

The Big Garden is pleased to welcome Stephanie Finklea as our newest full-time employee. Stephanie began her work in September as Education Assistant. Her responsibilities include preparing and teaching Big Garden classes in the Omaha Public Schools system. She will also serve as lead educator during our summer Grow-Your-Own program. Right now, she teaches our Farm to School classes in six OPS elementary schools and our Seed-to-Market classes in four OPS middle schools. Stephanie is a native of Bellevue, NE and a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a great addition to The Big Garden team! If you would like to contact her, email sfinklea@BigGarden.org.

Stephanie says:

I have been gardening for a few years with a small plot in my backyard. Each year I have expanded to include several different types of vegetables, herbs, and fruit. I have also perfected a variety of hygiene and cleaning product recipes that I make myself.

My favorite part of my job is interacting with the kids. They’re so curious that I can’t help but see the world through their eyes! I’m giving them tools that they’ll be able to use in their daily lives. It’s beautiful to watch them take steps toward self sufficiency.

I’m passionate about growing food. I want to see all people empowered to reclaim their right to access to healthy food and see communities come together in the process.

Outside of work I enjoy walking my dog Dash, spending time with friends and family, and tending my home garden. I also enjoy spending time outdoors biking, hiking, and relaxing on my own.

Welcome, Stephanie!