Jesse Schaffer

Production Manager

A Skokie native who returned to his hometown last year, Jesse has worked in a variety of capacities within the food system for over ten years, from community building around food justice and education to researching food insecurity and building educational and culturally rooted farms. After graduating from The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) in 2015, Jesse managed Birmingham’s largest urban teaching farm and went on to facilitate the production of seven teaching farms across the city. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.S., Jesse moved to western North Carolina to build the Jewish Farmer Network’s first farm, donating the produce to local mutual aid projects. For the past year, Jesse managed the production of 14+ rooftop farms across the city of Chicago but will be starting his Master’s in Sustainable Urban Development and Sustainable Urban Food Systems at DePaul this Fall. When he’s not farming, he’s most likely gardening, saving seeds, cooking with pals, playing board games, and schemin’ and dreamin’ about movement work. 


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