2013: Member - Alisa Hoven

2013 GreenCorps member Alisa Hoven

About me. I went to Augsburg College and earned a B.S. in Social Work. In 2008, I completed a bicycle trip along the 2,300 miles of the Mississippi River and published a book of short stories from my journey. I’ve worked with the Montana Conservation Corps as a Youth Crew Leader, helped handle sled dogs on a rustic homestead in the Northwoods and have spent the last three years leading canoe and dogsled expeditions with Voyageur Outward Bound School near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I am currently earning my Masters in Experiential Education. I have big dreams of one day starting my own educational non-profit, tying together education, food and the environment. For now, you can assuredly find me on by bicycle, writing, digging in the dirt or scheming up my next adventure.

About my service. My GreenCorps site is with Hope Community, Inc. Hope’s work includes developing accordable residential/commercial and welcoming public/community spaces, and broad community-engagement activities involving youth and adults from Hope and from the greater community. Hope’s community engagement activities range from youth mural projects, to community gardens, to entrepreneurial classes, to leader development and community organizing. My GreenCorps service will focus on community engagement and coordinating “entry point” opportunities that will increase knowledge and practice of new sustainable behaviors. I will work with community members to grow, cook and share local healthy foods; promote active living through our Bike Library program; plan and design community growing spaces; participate in a Listening Project around food and health; and develop opportunities for youth to explore our urban environments and discover their sense of place.

Why I serve. I serve because I value my community and believe that my participation and involvement is important. I want to work on environmental issues around food justice and land stewardship. GreenCorps affords an opportunity for me to jump right in and get my hands dirty, in both environmental organizing and engaging the community around sustainable practices. I hope to use the education award towards the completion of my graduate program and use the connections I make at Hope Community as nourishing roots that form the foundation in my work for the future.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. I can’t pick just one. North shore of Lake Superior, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the secret paths that lead down to the Mississippi River in south Minneapolis and the bluffs of the St. Croix River.