Sophia Shaffer – Crew Leader

April 19, 2022 | 

Pronouns: She/Her

Sophia believes having a close personal relationship with the natural world is essential for physical, emotional, and mental health. From a young age, her parents surrounded her in outdoor activities and she was found chasing after insects and small animals. This spurred her interest in wildlife and need to understand flora and fauna. In college, Sophia worked on her university farm, furthering her enjoyment of edible plants and working outside. After graduating, she wanted a job working in close relationship with nature and ended up in New Mexico as a volunteer teaching assistant on a field biology program for college students in ecology and wilderness skills. Here, she loved working with people teaching them not only about nature, but in nature. After this program ended, feeling that farming was her next journey, she found VYCC. She is excited to bring her enthusiasm for the natural world to VYCC this season!