Justina Thompson

Justina "Farmer J" Thompson is the Farm Education and Volunteer Manager at Urban Creators, Philadelphia, PA. Justina intentionally attended school in Philadelphia so she could “connect her passion and experience to the ongoing environmental justice work in the area.” As a speaker, educational curriculum designer, program leader, and community organizer, Justina possesses extensive knowledge on urban farming inspired to work in the field of environmental justice from a young age. Her first experiences with the food system started with her first job, running a farmer’s market in a neighborhood impacted by food apartheid with her peers as just the age of 13. From here, she was inspired by what she witnessed was possible through connecting community and fresh, affordable produce. She initially structured this passion through education, with a Dual Bachelor’s in Sustainability and Design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. While studying, she served on the Student Sustainability Task Force, was the Resident Assistant for an intentional first-year hall focused on environmental consciousness and was even accepted to present at an International Conference on Sustainability Education in New Dehli, India. She also served as a Youth Environmental Educator at an urban farm in Albany, NY during the summers in between her studies. She’s taught high schoolers about co-working the land, maintaining greenhouses, turning compost, befriending chickens, and even learning about environmental design principles. This foundation served as the beginning of Justina’s passionately pursued knowledge on urban farming and environmental justice + sustainability practices. She currently facilitates educational programming for Philadelphia youth grades 1-12 and hosts seasonal fellowships to encourage immersion in urban agriculture in her current role.

Articles By Justina Thompson

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By: Justina Thompson — July 24, 2023
While the field of business is broad and its niches in project management, communication, accounting, marketing, etc. encompass many skillsets, they all have viable applications in the development and sustainability of farm operations.
By: Justina Thompson — August 31, 2023
This article explains a few ways to practice sustainability around fashion and clothing while at school.
By: Justina Thompson — June 22, 2023
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This article will explore the common challenges faced by international students during the U.S. college admissions process and provide helpful tips to overcome them.
By: Justina Thompson — June 13, 2023
The journey of a doctoral degree can certainly be a rewarding experience, but it is essential to take several factors into account before embarking on this degree.
By: Justina Thompson — September 21, 2023
Have you ever stopped to question the perspective orientation is framed from?
By: Justina Thompson — September 26, 2023
College orientation week is often a time to be introduced to campus culture through faculty, staff, clubs, and peers. However, have you ever stopped to question the perspective orientation is framed from?
By: Justina Thompson — August 8, 2023
This article will explore proven strategies to manage stress during exams, giving learners a practical toolkit to meet examination periods with cool calmness and poised readiness.
By: Justina Thompson — June 20, 2023
Adaptive and relational leadership begins with understanding self. This article discusses the first of 5 principles that guide relational leadership.
By: Justina Thompson — June 20, 2023
Let's continue to explore other emergent principles and their interconnectedness with imagination for change.
By: Justina Thompson — July 12, 2023
The move from high school to a vastly diverse, demanding, and competitive college environment can be overwhelming. Through effective, well-structured mentorship, we can empower students to make the most of their formative college years.
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