KAYA JUDA NELSON

HOMETOWN: MISSOULA

NOMINATED BY: CORI ASH

Born and raised in Missoula, Kaya has frequently ventured off but has always found her way back to her mountain home. After spending her freshman year at Boston University, a semester of her sophomore year in South America, and a semester of her senior year campaigning with a climate action organization in Denver, Kaya graduated from the University of Montana with high honors in Environmental Studies and a minor in Climate Change Studies. For the past year and a half, Kaya has also been part of a bluegrass band, Local Yokel, in which she plays the fiddle, banjo, writes, and sings. Although she had spent a large amount of the past few years volunteering and interning with Garden City Harvest, Kaya began working with the organization officially in May 2016. This current season on the farm has been one of the most rewarding jobs she has experienced and she is excited to continue working with youth development through agriculture.