Jeanette Reynolds may be new to St. Louis, but she is not new to farming or organics. Born and raised on a livestock farm in Shenandoah County, Virginia, Jeanette spent most of her childhood in the family garden, helping out with the never-ending farm chores, or raising hogs and sheep as 4-H livestock projects.
Jeanette received her B.A. in Communication from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College but knew her passion was working with people on social justice issues. Jeanette met EarthDance founder, Molly Rockamann, in Fiji in 2007. Jeanette was in Fiji with the Peace Corps, working as the manager of community development for a housing project. Molly was working to establish a dialogue with stakeholders of the country’s sugar cane industry and recruited Jeanette as the Communications Officer of The Fiji Organic Project. Most recently, Jeanette has been living in Brighton, England while earning her M.A. in Gender and International Development.
She is thrilled to be part of EarthDance and the local movement in St. Louis: “There is an incredible energy about working for grassroots movements at this moment in time, and St. Louis seems to me like a place where there are so many exciting projects contributing towards positive change in the community.” In addition to the EarthDance office and the Mueller Farm, Jeanette can be found at St. Louis Earth Day where she is the Project Manager or spending time with the love of her life, playing her ukulele.