top of page

Our VISTA Cohort

Nourish Iowa VISTA members are motivated change-makers, passionate problem-solvers, and inspired community members who believe in a more equitable future for Iowa, in which all people are empowered and able to grow, source, and eat the foods they need and want.

Citrus Fruits

Nourish Iowa VISTA members serve with one of 7 organizations with a shared goal of equitable food access for all. We serve at the intersections of public health, agronomy, urban planning, community organizing, and economic justice, creating an abundance of nourishing, affordable, and culturally relevant foods for all Iowans.

Our 40+ former members have gone on to become policy associates, PhD candidates & university faculty, public health community program coordinators, program managers, founders of their own food justice nonprofits, and much more.

Where will VISTA take you? Apply today!

Current VISTA Members

marianna attempt 2.jfif

Marianna Cota

IA Local Food System Development VISTA


Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development 


AJ Mortale

Food Access Coordinator VISTA

Feed Iowa First

Copy of WE AROSE.png

Jessica Young

Communications & Fund Development VISTA


We Arose Co-op


Coy Jackson

Local Food System Education & Outreach VISTA


Field to Family

field to family.png

This could be you!

Local Food Systems Access & Operations VISTA

Field to Family

NIMA Logo.jpg

This could be you!

Food Rescue Coordination VISTA

North Iowa Mutual Aid


Lauren Luerkens

Social Media, Marketing, & Donor Development VISTA


Feed Iowa First


Emerson Slomka

Garden Resource VISTA



Laikyn Barrett

Farmer's Markets & Nutrition Assistance VISTA


Paul McCormick_edited.jpg

Paul McCormick

VISTA Leader



Brandy Bryson

Farm to School and Early Care VISTA

ISU Farm, Food, and Enterprise Development

Nourish Iowa Alumni

2020 SILT Logo.png

Sophie Sheeder

Public Outreach & Fundraising VISTA (Jan '22 - '23)

Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT)


Melody Rosche

Community Garden and Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator (May '20 - '21),

Northeast Iowa Food Bank

Peoples Clinic Garden & Home Delivery Coordinator VISTA (May '21 - '22), UNI-CEEE

Mira and Mia at plant pickup 6-2-22 (2)_edited.jpg

Mira Evans

Garden Resource VISTA (Oct. '21-'22)



Alex Delworth

Incubator Farm Development VISTA (Jan '21 - '22)



Laura Cleaver

Local Food Coordinator VISTA (Aug. '20 - Sep. '21)

Northeast Iowa Food Bank & UNI-CEEE


Savannah Schultz

Healthy Behaviors VISTA; Involving Clinics in Good Food Access VISTA (Jan '21-'22)

Northeast Iowa Food Bank; UNI-CEEE

bottom of page