Meet Our Garden Intern

We have a new member on team Target Hunger – Yessenia Rincon! Through the end of the year Target Hunger’s Garden Intern will be not only be helping our gardens to grow but will be spending half her time researching and developing educational curriculum. The position was generously funded by the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation. 

We asked Yessenia to share a few things about herself, and here is what she had to say:

My name is Yessenia Rincon, I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I attended University of Houston- Downtown where I got my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. In my free time I like to go to museums and play volleyball.

What interested me the most about this internship is the hands-on experience – I love the outdoors and getting my hands dirty. I would do gardening as a hobby, but I also wanted to incorporate it as part of my lifestyle and routine. I get to learn something new every day and pass that knowledge to my family and community.

What I’m hoping to learn from the garden team is how to be more self-reliant and sustainable when it comes to growing any type of food and making it part of my life. I want to know what makes a successful garden and ensure my neighbors are food secure for the long run.

My favorite thing about working in the garden is starting my morning with fresh air and sunlight, as well as working with the garden team, they are great!

8 Questions with Yessenia

Q: Where do you most want to visit in the world?

A: I would like to visit Finland, Hawaii, and France.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?

A: My proudest accomplishment is finishing college.


Q: What’s your favorite movie?

A: My favorite movies are Grown Ups 1 &2.


Q: What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?

A: My favorite way to spend the day off is by watching movies with my sisters and having a bunch of different snacks.


Q: What are your favorite ice cream flavors?

A: My favorite ice cream flavors are vanilla and strawberry.


Q: What’s on your bucket list?

A: For my bucket list, I want to fly in a hot air balloon, ride a zip line, go on a cruise, ski in Italy, do a road trip to different national parks around the US, and go visit the MET Museum in New York.


Q: If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be?
A: It would be volleyball, gymnastics, and ballet.


Q: What’s your favorite family recipe?

A: My favorite family recipe is tamales. I love eating them during the holidays.


Welcome to Yessenia!  Target Hunger is excited to have her grow with our team, grow the garden, and grow Target Hunger’s long-term vision to have robust educational programming for families to find out where their food comes from, how to grow it, and how to turn it into healthy and affordable meals.


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