Yaritza joined the garden this April 2017 as our Public Garden Apprentice, a position established in partnership with Lurie Garden’s landscape architecture firm, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). Yaritza has experience with working with community gardens, health and nutrition advocacy, and digital story mapping. She helped establish a seed library through the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the UIC Heritage Garden. She also developed a digital story map based on people’s experience on the Chicago River called the Chicago River Stories. She received a Bachelor’s in Urban Planning and Public Affairs from UIC.
She enjoys growing edible gardens in her community. Also, traveling to different countries to learn about how certain plants have become staples in certain cultures (especially if it concerns chocolate and coffee).
The Public Garden Apprentice position is made possible in partnership with Lurie Garden’s landscape architecture firm, GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol) to further the education about public gardens, maintenance and their role in communities.