Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Sammie Moore


Sammie Moore currently lives in Salina, KS, but considers San Jose, CA to be the community where she most feels at home. She graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Sammie says, “UCSB provided the opportunity to study environmental problems from an interdisciplinary lens which led me to my true love, soil ecology within the context of community based agricultural movements.”


What drew you to work at TLI?
My agriculture professor, Liz Carlisle, encouraged me to apply for this internship. I wanted to pursue regenerative agricultural research post undergrad, and TLI allowed for an interdisciplinary learning experience that helps bridge the gap between people and planet.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
I am extremely passionate about food sovereignty. I believe that food and community sovereignty are essential to ensuring the health of the land and everything that lives on it. Everyone deserves secure access to safe and nutritious food that doesn’t come at the cost of the land.

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”- Jane Goodall

What were you like at age 10?
I was a voracious reader. There was rarely a time when a book wasn’t in my hand.

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