19th Class, 2012-2013
Field Placement: Growing Power (Chicago, IL)
Kimmi supported community food system development and urban agriculture projects and examined the benefits of and barriers to state Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification for small farms. She developed food safety and hygiene training workshops and worked on the creation and implementation of a Food Safety Plan, including the creation of record-keeping systems. With her help, Growing Power obtained Good Agricultural Practices certification.
Hunger Free Community Report:
A Resource Guide to Food Safety Practices for Small Growers was developed for the Farmers for Chicago initiative members. The guide introduces the importance of food safety practices for urban farmers, offers farmers a step-by-step process of implementing food safety best practices and contains an appendix of relevant resources.
Policy Placement: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (Washington, DC)
Kimmi created training and best practices materials for homeless assistance providers to help them secure Title V properties. She conducted outreach and technical assistance to applicants and developed an information sharing network of homelessness service providers. Kimmi also worked with the Civil Rights department to develop and maintain a resource library of model policies and constructive alternatives to homeless criminalization measures. This library facilitates best practice sharing among advocates and service providers across the country. Additionally, she contributed to the monthly newsletter and blog.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Kimmi graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2012 with concentrations in Africana studies and the social sciences. In college, she worked to enhance the sense of community among students of color with an emphasis on anti-oppressive structures. She has also worked with multiple after-school programs in the Yonkers area to create and implement weekly arts-enrichment workshops for students.