2015: Member - Benjamin Mompier

2015 member: Benjamin MompierAbout me. I was born and raised in East Troy, a town in rural southeastern Wisconsin. I came to Winona State University in 2011 and graduated May 2015 with my Bachelor's in Sociology. Ever since my childhood growing up on a farm and surrounded by a vast amount of farmland I realized how important agriculture is to the Midwest. Though Winona is a several-hour drive from my hometown it was easy to settle in as it is surrounded by several similar rural communities in the area.

About my service. I serve as a Green Infrastructure – local foods member with Winona County. I work with several projects, including the Stone Point Park garden space, which is owned by the county and makes public plots available to county residents; the St. Charles Farmers Market; and the hopes to integrate more farm-to-school programs in local school districts.

Why I serve. I had the fortune of learning about MN GreenCorps through an internship my final semester of college with a local nonprofit, Project FINE. They have a youth gardening program called Colorful Growers that uses plots from the Stone Point Gardens. Through working on that project as well as my background from growing up on a farm myself I found myself with a vested interest in going out and helping to inform and increase appreciation for agriculture.

Favorite place in Minnesota. Anywhere along the river valley. Being able to hike a bluff and being able to see for miles and miles down the Mississippi. There’s nothing quite like it!