Evan Boesen is a kid who has always had a passion for working outdoors, especially when it comes to all things plant or animal related. Evan feels more connected to his education and community when he's able to work on projects that make a difference, and particularly enjoys the opportunity to engage and empower fellow youth. He is currently a high school junior studying at Lincoln High School and The Career Academy at Southeast Community College, where he is part of the Agriculture/Biology Pathway.
Evan created Branching Outward to combine two of his passions: Agronomy and exploring the role agriculture can play in addressing global hunger.. He's grateful to have this outlet to pursue his dreams and interests while working alongside and mentoring area youth about the power they have to feed their own communities as educated growers. He approached Blixt Locally Grown, an arts and culture based community nonprofit, with his idea to begin working with local 5th grade classrooms on planting apple trees in their schoolyards. Blixt Locally Grown loved the idea, and now Evan is thrilled to embark upon this project and future collaborations built around growing goodness through Branching Outward.
Evan lives in Lincoln with his family and a host of pets, including two Wheaten Terriers, a cat, a guinea pig, a hedgehog, a community of fish in a 50-gallon aquarium, and 3 koi living in the pond he dug and maintains in his parents' backyard.
When not devoting time to Branching Outward, Evan enjoys gardening, inventing strange contraptions, creating budgets, volunteering, and the occasional session of DnD.
You can email Evan at Evan@BranchingOutward.org.
Branching Outward is a program built to educate and engage elementary and middle school students as community builders by empowering them to plant and grow apple trees at their schools and in their communities.
Founder Evan Boesen, an Ag/Bio student at The Career Academy, supplies your classroom with apple trees, shovels and supplies for planting. He will work alongside your students to teach them about how they can help contribute to their community by planting harvestable crops in public places.
Our community is full of people who want to help others. By working with Blixt Locally Grown and local schools and partners, Branching Outward connects people and communities around issues of growing and feeding with kindness at the center.