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When creating a sustainable food system, what we are really proposing is an alternative food system. Applying a sustainability model to the current conventional model is like shoving a square peg into a round hole. Moving food through a national supermarket structure is contradictory to sustainability. It marginalizes seasonality and nutrition and doesn’t make local…

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What was a Friday lunch with the Director of City Fresh, Nick Swetye, rolled over into a Farm Bill roundtable with Ohio Senator, Sherrod Brown.That’s pretty much how it happened…Nick had a 2pm engagement and asked if i would be interested in attending. It took me all of a split second to respond, “Yes!” Senator…

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Building blocks to a Sustainable Food Community I’ve often referred to my independent study on sustainable food systems as my un-accredited PhD program. Over the past seven months, I’ve handcrafted an education program that brought together learning experience and opportunities that would be the most meaningful to me…interning on organic farms, taking short courses and…

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Having an elevator speech for anything you do is a good idea. It could be for a new project, campaign or even your profession. We shouldn’t get stumped by simple questions like, “What do you do?” But it’s easy to get hung up when you are in a career transition like myself. An elevator speech…

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This cover is from April 2009 but I picked it for the trees 🙂 Every now and then I stumble upon a copy of The Sun (no, not the tabloid. This SUN is way more cerebral). My friend Mel usually has a copy sitting on her coffee table or I find the occasional copy when…

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