About Your Angima

My roots stretch back to Pelican Rapids, a small, rural farming town of 2000 people in the northwestern region of Minnesota. In this community, I spent my childhood absorbing nature in my parents’ garden. It was in that small plot of land in their backyard where I learned some of life’s most invaluable lessons. I’ve always had a very profound connection to land and a deep understanding about my personal relationship with a particular place; I guess that’s part and parcel of being a gardener. Incidentally, it’s also an essential bit about being a Geographer.

After graduating from high school, I attended Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN, where I earned a BA in Geography with a minor in Biology. I focused my senior thesis on the role of civic agriculture in the refugee resettlement process in my hometown. Upon graduating from college, I worked on a small farm in Fergus Falls, MN and then was hired by my former high school to tutor students in the sciences and math. My most recent employment has been at a food cooperative in Minneapolis, MN.  While living in the city, I have volunteered with a couple of organizations involved in urban agriculture, rural development, and youth education. In August of 2010, I was awarded an Ambassadorial Scholarship from the Rotary Foundation. This $26,000 grant has made it possible for me to study two of my biggest passions, gardening and social justice, while living in one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Cape Town. I am eagerly anticipating life in South Africa, participating in humanitarian projects through Rotary International, and studying in the Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town.

Thank you all for visiting today. And thank you to Rotary and my parents for making this all possible.


Go well,

Angela (Angie) (angima) Magnusson



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