Chelsea Burdge, Program Assistant, (Americorps VISTA), recruits for and coordinates various aspects of the Farm & Garden Apprenticeship program. Chelsea also assists other EarthDance staff with field trips, volunteer groups, grant writing, tours, outreach events, and more. She is an Illinois native who became obsessed with sinking her toes in the dirt in her mother’s gardens. Chelsea has a B.S. in cultural anthropology and environmental science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and focused on the benefits of community gardening for inner city youth for her thesis. Chelsea is passionate about the importance of growing one’s own food, cooking, and caring for the environment, and thinks everyone should have the opportunity and knowledge of doing so.