Simon Cozzens: Urban Agriculture Program Manager
Simon is a Louisville native from the Okolona area, where he grew up in large extended family. He developed an appreciation for service over the many years of scouting, church picnics, and working alongside his cousins in the garden. At Trinity High School, he founded a service club that travelled south to do hurricane relief. He also participated in the 2008 Governor’s Scholars Program, which placed him in a sustainable agriculture class in Morehead, Kentucky.
Simon attended Yale University, where he studied Cognitive Science. In 2011, he studied at the Hokkaido International Foundation in Hakodate, Japan, where he lived with an elderly dairy farmer and studied Japanese language and culture. After completing coursework in the philosophy and science of human nature, social psychology, and the evolution of food systems, he decided to focus his studies at Yale on sustainability and the social-cognitive foundation of healthy communities. He returned to Louisville after graduating with a BA in 2013.
In 2015, Simon traveled to California to work for the American Conservation Experience. As an AmeriCorps member, he worked in crews to remove invasive species in Pinnacles National Park, cut new path for the Pacific Coast Trail, and constructed new trails in the mountain wilderness of Lake Tahoe. In 2016, he travelled to Rutledge, Missouri to participate in a nine-day intensive Permaculture Design Certification course at the Dancing Rabbit Eco-village. He joined Louisville Grows in spring 2017 as the Urban Agriculture Assistant, where he currently exercises his passion for social sustainability and his love and wonder for creative gardening.
When he’s not in the garden, Simon can be found in a bowling alley, playing volleyball, or visiting art galleries.