In response to the recent increase in food insecurity due to COVID-19, Baton Roots has increased capacity at the community farm to meet the soaring demand for access to fresh food. Bringing in a horticulture expert, with a track record of success, became a crucial next step for ramping up farm production.
Our new Farm Manager, Kellyn LaCour-Conant, is a restoration ecologist with over 13 years of experience in conservation and community organization. Raised in Houston with roots in Isle Brevelle, Kellyn got their start with the Student Conservation Association. They went on to earn a Bachelor's in Biology from Amherst College, a Masters in Marine/Environmental Biology from Nicholls State and is now working towards a Ph.D. in Urban Forestry at Southern.
Kellyn previously worked with Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to manage the Partnership Fund, and currently serves as an If/Then Ambassador with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Additionally, Kellyn provides project support to movements like the Sacred Waters Pilgrimage led by the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, and Delta Indigenous Food/Medicine Sovereignty in collaboration with the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN). Outside of work, Kellyn loves beach volleyball, horseback riding, and crafting.
They are thrilled to join Baton Roots to help our Iti Humma/Baton Rouge community greaux.
To get to know Kellyn more, watch her lecture below on the connecting nature of an ecosystem and food.