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.
Communications and Marketing
Graham (They/Them) is an artist and student of life, pursuing an art history degree at Carleton University currently on pause. They have a variety of interests and hobbies, including skateboarding, fashion, music, painting, reading, cooking, and design. At Social Harvest, they are looking forward to helping the organization communicate its programming and events to the local community so Social Harvest can continue to educate and increase food security for the Ottawa area.
Mukee is on her way to 12th grade at Gloucester HS and will be operating our greenhouse over the summer. She loves plants and gardening so this hands on horticultural experience is a dream come true for her. Mukee is a refugee from Thailand who moved to Canada in 2007. When not in our greenhouse Mukee can be found binging Korean soap operas. This work experience will likely have Mukee far more prepared for the workforce than her other classmates this coming fall.