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Ilana is Director of Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, creating community-engaged learning opportunities through urban agriculture. Fresh Roots grows resilient, engaging, education-based neighourhood farms accessible to Vancouver’s diverse communities. Ilana received urban farm and community development training and subsequently worked with the internationally renowned urban agriculture organization Growing Power (Milwaukee & Chicago, USA: www.growingpower.org), and studied sustainable agriculture and conflict-resolution at the multi-national peace institute Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, in Israel (www.arava.org). Ilana currently sits on the steering committees of Farm to School BC, Sustainabile Opportuntieis for Youth Leadership (SOYL), is a member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council, and was recently nominated as one of the Vancourver Parks Board’s Remarkable Women in food of 2013. Along with all this, Ilana loves drinking coffee on her stoop in the sunshine.

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