Meet Kristina Johnson '18

Kristina weighs food that will be donated to a local food pantry for Luther's CAF to Community program

Majors: Environmental Studies, Religion

Work-Study Position: Gardener, CAF (Cafeteria) to Community Student Coordinator

As a gardener, Kristina helps with garden set up and take down. She also plants, waters, weeds, harvests, and delivers produce.

In her other work-study position, Kristina is part of the CAF to Community program which consists of volunteers who pack food leftover from Luther’s cafeteria. This food is then stored in a freezer and delivered the next day to a local food pantry. As a CAF to Community student coordinator, Kristina sets up and oversees the packing shifts. She and another worker deliver the packaged and frozen food to the local food pantry.

How did you get the job?

I filled out an online work-study survey in the spring. The survey is for incoming first-year students and that’s where I expressed my interest and experience in sustainability jobs.

What have you learned about yourself in this role?

Working in the garden has helped me discover what it means to be dedicated and part of a team. As a CAF to Community coordinator, I’ve experienced how to lead a group of volunteers and be organized.

What new skills has the job taught you?

Working with Luther Sustainability has allowed me to gain leadership, communication, organization, and dedication skills.

How will this work-study experience affect your future?

Working in the gardens has inspired me to care more about where my food comes from, and I see myself having a garden of my own after I graduate. Working with CAF to Community has inspired me to care about what happens to food and has made me aware of the local community’s needs.

What type of person do you feel is suited best this position?

If someone wants to work in the gardens, they need to have a love for the outdoors and shouldn’t be afraid of getting dirty. With CAF to Community, they must have great leadership skills and patience, and be flexible.

What do you like best about the position?

I get to work with a great group of people. It’s been nice to get advice from upperclassmen with the same major.