Originally from southeast Minnesota, Joelle has called Duluth home since she was 18. She studied Criminology and Sociology at UMD. At 26, she moved away after applying to AmeriCorps to a town outside of Philadelphia for 4 years, living and working at an intentional community life sharing with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. She then had a calling to start another chapter and move to Santa Cruz, California, for 4 years to run a garden program: Camphill Communities use biodynamic agriculture in their gardens, and that inspired Joelle to pursue a BA in Environmental Studies with a focus on Biodynamic Agriculture from Prescott College.
She came back to Duluth in April 2020 and says it feels great to be back! She works at Vikre Distillery as a server, bartender, host, production team, and other things around the distillery. Last year she used a plot through Duluth Community Gardens for her final project at Prescott College and is trying to gain more knowledge in midwest gardening.