Anika loves exploring our connections to land through a critical lens. As an outdoor enthusiast, hobby herbalist, and gardener, she is interested in agroecological research and practice. She became part of the urban farming scene in 2012 at the UC Berkeley Student Organic Garden, where she facilitated garden classes and wrote grants for new programs. Her desire to understand and nurture the plant world also comes from her long dreamy days on an herbal medicinal farm in southern Oregon.
After earning a B.A. in Geography she worked as a feminist outdoor educator with GirlVentures, leading backpacking and kayaking trips in Northern California. In 2016, Anika became a National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee. She conducted research with Guatemalan and Nicaraguan women coffee farmers on crop disease, livelihoods and migration trends. Whether she’s in the misty coffee highlands of Central America, backpacking in the Sierras or teaching urban agriculture lessons, Anika thrives when she’s outside with others.