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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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Here is the last in a series of articles that recently ran in the Spring 2012 issue of Edible Reno-Tahoe. When I was first assigned this story, it seemed pretty cut and dry, a discrepancy between Waste Management and one of their commercial customers. But when I would talk to one person, their story wouldn’t…

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Happy cows graze outside of Jackson, CA in Amador County. Sometimes you need to shake your snow globe to really be able to see what you are doing. Today, I had that chance… I’ve had my head down pretty seriously for the past four months; focused on what it will take to create a regional…

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Me showing off my notes for worm composting! When I first arrived back into Tahoe last fall after being on tour for my independent study, I met with the editor for Edible Reno-Tahoe magazine, Amanda Burden. When she asked if I wanted to do a few articles dealing with compost, I thought maybe I was…

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I just had a series of articles come out in the most recent issue of “Edible Reno-Tahoe” magazine. Here is the first in that series! It is a profile that I did of an organic farm just west of Reno, in Fallon, NV. The entire article can be found online or in print if you…

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Amish farm in Ohio I recently saw a documentary on PBS about the Amish way of life called, “The Amish.” It reminded me of my own unique experience this past summer when picking up veggies for a CSA program in Cleveland. I wanted to share the story again. Don’t read ahead but my favorite part…

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The last few weeks have been a crash course in Northern Nevada’s growing food movement. I’ve had the great fortune to meet many of the people involved in helping to protect and facilitate the agricultural potential of the area. I’ve interviewed local compost experts for an article in Edible Reno-Tahoe, got wind of the dirty…

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