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Eliza Fournier, Urban Youth Programs Director, has served in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Urban Agriculture Department for over 14 years. During her tenure, Eliza has helped over 200 communities plan and implement gardens: ornamental, educational and edible. Currently, she manages the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm program, a youth development and employment program that trains over 90 teenage farmers and grows and distributes approximately 25,000 pounds of produce each year in food desert communities. She has consulted and trained with the Chicago Public Schools on their food safety plan for using school garden produce in cafeterias across the city. Eliza earned her BA in Environmental Studies from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois and her Master’s in Public Affairs from Indiana University concentrating in Urban Management. She has served as adjunct professor at Lake Forest College teaching a class entitled “Sustainable Food Systems” and can be seen on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” tackling a variety of gardening challenges with host Phil Ponce.