In our newest recurring article we look at our diverse workforce who have been living in the neighborhood for a while and delve into who they are, what they do, and how living here helps them to do what they do.

Coy McKinney

(Left to right: Coy McKinney, Michael Koliner, Pam Daley)

Name: Coy McKinney

Occupation: Urban farmer at SW Community Gardens / urban farming instructor at Friendship Tech Prep Academy

Home: Tiber Island

What is urban farming?

Urban farming is all about growing food within the city, improving access to local, organic food, and helping make the city more sustainable.

What is your role?

My role is to coordinate the communal section of the SW Community Gardens. There, we have 10 beds that are open to the public to help out and learn about growing food. We have regular work days on Wednesdays from 6-7pm, and Sundays from 4-5pm. I just started my job at Friendship Tech Prep Academy, so I’m not entirely sure what that will entail, but I know for sure that I’ll be managing their greenhouse and coordinating their urban farming club.

How has living in Southwest made it easier for you to do your job?

The garden is well within walking distance, just a few blocks from where I live, and Friendship Tech is a 15-minute bike ride away. Also, the vibe and diversity of the neighborhood make this a place I want to stay and help contribute to.

What do you look forward to most?

Integrating the SW Community Gardens further into the neighborhood, and making it a valuable component of the community.

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