Meet the Residents

2021 Aspiring Farmer Residents – Cohort Five

Sophia Cooper

Sophia Cooper

Sophia (she/hers) is an educator and writer who is passionate about loving the earth and learning one new thing every day. With previous experience with Lauritzen Gardens, Council Bluffs, Iowa City, and Omaha school districts, she believes that learning about and having access to locally-produced food is a key component in supporting children!
Some of her other passions include being a Kanye West fan and making baked goods! She can’t wait to share the rest of this journey with y’all!
Decker Woods

Decker Woods

Decker (he/him) is an artist raised in the suburbs of Omaha. He earned a degree in American Studies from Carleton College in 2019. He has travelled to many cities in from Portland to Madrid. After seeing so many amazing cities, he ended up back in Omaha dreaming of ways to improve his hometown.  His passion for cooking led him to do so as an urban farmer. Decker believes that food has the power to heal individuals and build community. At Big Muddy, he hopes to share this power with the people and spread a deeper awareness about food.
Madi White

Madi White

Madi White (she/her) wants to live in a world with abundance and justice for all living things, brunches that come with bottomless avocado toast and mimosas, and a view of the milky way every night before she closes her eyes.
Madi began to untangle the many facets of environmentalism in Gunnison, CO, where she graduated from Western Colorado University with a BA in Environment and Sustainability in May of 2020. She gained professional experience working at Gunnison County Library, local non-profits Equitable Solar Solutions and Mountain Roots Food Project, and in various roles at Western. Some of her proudest moments from the last three years include installing 5.5 kW of solar energy to benefit low-income residents living in the valley and spending countless evenings playing soccer and board games with elementary students in an after-school program. She loves collecting more books than she can keep up with and hiking and camping in beautiful places. Her tendency for killing houseplants may not bode well for the Big Muddy plots, but she is beyond excited to start learning about and growing a food system that can restore our local communities and the planet.
Henry Wisneski

Henry Wisneski

Henry Wisneski (he/him) is an environmentalist looking to share the joy of growing food with others. He has gardened for as long as he can remember, and has experience with a variety of farming practices. His objective at Big Muddy Urban Farm is to learn how to foster community through food production. In the future, he intends to pursue sustainable farming and mycology. If he is not sleeping, you can find him buried in a book or riding his bike around Omaha.

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Irene Atayi

Irene Atayi

Katie Bettin

Katie Bettin

Carly Frazee

Carly Frazee

Jasmine Marr

Jasmine Marr

Phalin Strong

Phalin Strong

Matt Wettengel

Matt Wettengel

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Kaya Baker

Kaya Baker

Jess Dooley

Jess Dooley

Gavin Johnston

Gavin Johnston

Shatice Jones

Shatice Jones

Laura Simpson

Laura Simpson

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Kia Beason

Kia Beason

Emily Hefeli

Emily Hefeli

Terry Salem

Terry Salem

Cadence Hernandez

Cadence Hernandez

Taylor Jespersen

Taylor Jespersen