I am so excited to be a part of the Hot Potato team! I look forward to sharing the fascinating information about the county’s food system, uplifting voices that have not been at the forefront of the discussions, and enabling the readers to take action on issues that resonate with their hearts. I was introduced to Hot Potato Press through an assignment for a course at university about understanding the local food system. As the years went on I continued to revisit the site for more information about the various projects, initiatives, and organizations working on a variety of issues within the local food system.
My background is in Human Development with an emphasis on social and personality development. I graduated from Cornell University with a major in Human Development and a minor in Inequality Studies. The communities I have worked with include low-income and racial/ethnic minorities in Brazil, Ecuador, Turkey, and communities in inner city Atlanta and throughout Tompkins County. Since 2008, I have trained in Youth Organizing, Racial Justice, and Food Dignity frameworks with pedagogy in experiential learning and cultural competency. My interests have been rooted in nutrition, exposing the diversity as well as the inequalities within our food system. I serve on the Tompkins County Food Policy Council as a Food Justice chair. Also, I am an Underground artist passionate about social and food justice. As a Melungeon, I am dedicated to bringing awareness to under-represented people’s struggles and needs.
My hopes for the next 6 months are that the readers have clear options for getting out there and doing something about the issues presented. This site can be an active ally for concrete changes in our local food system. It will continue to provide interesting articles about the food system and remain a resource for individuals to explore the organizations, opportunities, and initiatives available in the local food system. Hot Potato Press will continue to promote and inform the community about Green Star initiatives and events. It is my sincerest desire to open the site up to discuss the issues presented and how it affects the diverse individuals that reside here. I cannot express how excited I am for this new chapter in my life and for Hot Potato Press.
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