Kayla Purigraski is an undergraduate at the University of Arizona pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sustainable Plants Systems. After completing a Sustainability Externship with Tucson Village Farm, Kayla chose to follow her passion by continuing her service at the farm as an AmeriCorps member. Kayla’s devotion to growing and teaching the importance of healthy, delicious, and sustainable food is deeply rooted in her spirit. Her ancestry includes Dutch farmers and Italian chefs who have made lasting impacts on her perception and values concerning food. When Kayla isn’t harvesting veggies or fixing irrigation leaks, she can be found wandering the beautiful scenery of Tucson, hiking and camping. Her current favorite vegetable is eggplant because of its unique color, goofy shape, and delectable flavor in lasagnas!