Julianne is one of two vegetable apprentices at Rock Bottom Ranch. She grew up in Torrance, CA and spent most of her time at the beaches, tide pools, and coves that make up the South Bay region of LA County. With the drought and wildfires worsening each year, Julianne sought to pursue a career that would attempt to mitigate these effects. In 2022, she graduated with a degree in Ethics, History, and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After interning at several think tanks and legal advocacy groups, she realized that she didn’t enjoy the research side of policy and wanted a career that would get her outside. Post-graduation, she accepted a job as a crew member at Licking Creek Bend farm, a certified naturally-grown farm in Needmore, Pennsylvania. There, she fell in love with farming and the positive impact it can have for both the environment and communities. Wanting to learn more about regenerative agriculture and nonprofit work, she joined the team at ACES. She is so inspired by her supervisors and coworkers and their passion for land stewardship. Julianne hopes to take the lessons she learns as an apprentice at ACES and apply them to future nonprofit farms. She also hopes to take her knowledge gained while working at RBR to assist in writing policy that will tackle food insecurity and mitigate climate change at the same time. In her free time, Julianne loves to read, write, watch movies and swim in as many bodies of water as she can find.