Kate Johnson is the Communications and Marketing Coordinator at GRACE Communications Foundation. Her interest in sustainable food systems emerged while earning a BA in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College, with a concentration in environmental health and food systems policy. While at Skidmore, Kate focused her efforts in forging connections between local farmers and the College dining services in order to incorporate more local and sustainable food into the College's dining hall. Prior to GRACE, Kate worked at the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, focusing on the Community Parks Initiative, which aimed to ensure equitable access to open space for all New Yorkers. Outside of work, Kate is inspired by well-constructed breakfast sandwiches, public transportation and the Atlantic Ocean.
The holidays are officially upon us. There are plenty of opportunities to give thoughtful, unique gifts that can't necessarily be wrapped up in a package! We've outlined a few options that make the giving season simpler.
We chatted with Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance Jose Oliva about how he became involved in labor issues within the food industry, some of the biggest challenges the Alliance faces and how the Alliance's work inspires a more sustainable food system.
We had the pleasure of chatting with Katie Massy, founder of Women Who Farm, to talk about her sources of inspiration, the challenges facing women in agriculture and the resulting societal benefits of supporting and encouraging female farmers globally.
A farmer turned foodie, Andrea Bemis lives each day farm-to-table. Andrea runs a successful six acre organic farm alongside her husband, Taylor, in Parkdale, Oregon. She's able to share the fruits (or vegetables!) of her labor with people across the country, thanks to the success of her blog and upcoming cookbook, Dishing up the Dirt. Here's her story:
We celebrate Halloween as an opportunity to don a costume and disguise ourselves for one night a year. But did you know that a lot of our favorite foods also hide behind "costumes" of their own, misleading consumers, all year long?
At times, it seems that the political tension surrounding this general election cycle has eclipsed the significance of local government, and how change can often spark from the ground up. Don't let these frustrations persuade you into inaction! Instead, let's recognize the influence of other forms of democratic participation where your voice can be heard!