Hi, I'm Eliza!
Eliza Bordley has worked at GRP for two summers as a counselor, one summer as an BRX expedition leader, and this summer as a mentor! Eliza is from Durham, NC and grew up exploring the Eno River and hiking in the Roan Highlands with her family. She discovered GRP in 2009 during her undergraduate years at the College of Charleston. At CofC she received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, minored in Environmental Studies and was the president of the school’s sustainability club. After graduation, Eliza co-founded a nonprofit called Sol Food Mobile Farm. Sol Food operated out of a converted school bus (inspired by the incredible buses at GRP). Eliza and her crew retrofitted the vehicle with a mobile greenhouse, a living green roof, a teaching kitchen, grey water collection systems and solar panels. The bus also ran on waste vegetable oil and the team drove 12,000 miles around the United States teaching students about urban agriculture and renewable fuels. They even made a stop at the GRP Farm in 2012! These years with Sol Food led Eliza into a career of farming and outdoor education with students of all ages. Her current job, during the school year, is managing community gardens for a Triangle area food bank and teaching gardening in elementary schools. Eliza also owns a farm in Durham County with her fiancée Jacqueline, who will be a camp nurse this year! Jacqueline and Eliza hope to raise free-range chickens and plant a bunch of blueberries this year (for a lifetime supply of berry cobblers). When Eliza isn’t out digging in the dirt she is constantly entertained by her 2 dogs, 11 chickens, 5 guinea hens and 6 ducks. This summer she is most excited about mentor hikes, cooking outside and camping along the Green River!