Social Harvest Project Officer

Jessica Moreira Maia Souto started working at Social Harvest as an intern in February 2020. An Urban Agriculturalist with over 5 years of experience in research and management, she is now, leading the operations and management of this social enterprise. Jessica believes in helping individuals and communities access nutritious and fresh foods not only because it is a right but also because it is delicious. She focuses on implementing actions for better urban planning and market-community-oriented measures that bring solutions to the improvement of food safety and food security.  Working at Social Harvest is providing her with the opportunity to merge her passions for fresh and local food with business outreach. 

Jessica has an undergrad degree in International Logistics in which she targeted export solutions for native fruits in Brazil. While completing her master’s in Agribusiness, Jessica developed an evolutionary framework of urban and peri-urban agriculture across the globe. She also has international experience having lived in France and the US and working in countries belonging to the Southern Cone. Outside of work, Jessica loves cooking and sharing food with family and friends.


Community Engagement and Education

Katja Jonasch is currently a student at McGill University’s MacDonald Campus and is in the final semester of her Bachelor of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Global Food Security. Along with food security, she is interested in sustainable agriculture and agricultural economics. While her work experience and education has focused on international food systems she is thrilled to be working with Social Harvest to improve food security in Ottawa.

She believes that building a food system which incorporates and empowers community members is vital in improving the availability of and access to fresh and nutritious food. She is particularly invested in helping build socially, economically and environmentally sustainable enterprises with the potential to support the community. At Social Harvest, she will be working on education and community outreach activities. In her free time, Katja enjoys cooking, music going on hikes with her dogs. 

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Communications and Marketing

Akash is currently in the process of completing an honours degree in Communication and Media Studies at Carleton University and hopes to apply to grad school next year. He has varying interests and hobbies, including photography, fashion, sports, reading, and content creation. At Social Harvest, he is looking forward to helping the organization expand its reach as he believes in the work they are doing and the positive impact on the community.


Greenhouse Operations

 Daryna is currently studying in the Master of Pastoral Studies program at the University of Toronto and will be combining her degree with a Certificate of Spirituality and Psychotherapy. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Toronto in Psychology with a minor in Buddhism, Psychology, and Mental Health. She has over 5 years of research experience in various settings.  

Daryna is very passionate about mental health and believes in the importance of a holistic approach to one's wellbeing. She joined the Social Harvest team to learn more about horticulture and food security to incorporate this knowledge into her future work in psychotherapy. Gardening has also been a great grounding tool for her during the pandemic, and she hopes to expand her skill set through working in Social Harvest. In her spare time, Daryna enjoys yoga, cooking, and exploring the outdoors.

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Communications and Marketing

Robbie is a graduate of Carleton University with a bachelor's degree in Communications and Media studies. For the past two years, Robbie has been a head writer at The AC Milan Offside, where he does various articles such as rating players, reporting news and editorials. During that time, Robbie has participated in different podcasts and charity tournaments to raise money for soccer foundations. He enjoys watching movies, playing video games, and playing sports with his friends in his free time. At Social Harvest, Robbie will be one of the communications and marketing interns, and he is looking to gain valuable experience in that sector. Robbie is looking forward to learning new techniques at Social Harvest and being a part of such a great team.


Social Harvest and Good Food Box operations

Lester is originally from Nicaragua but now resides in Ottawa. He is currently working at the Social Harvest and the Ottawa Good Food Box. This year he graduated high school and in the future he is looking to study language and interpretation. During this internship, he is looking forward to learning more about gardening, microgreens and getting a lot of experience to help him build a better resume for the future. In his free time Lester loves playing volley and watching soccer and his favourite team is FC Barcelona.