Growing up outside of Detroit Michigan, I didn’t have many opportunities to explore in the wilderness, camp, or grow my own food. When my parents enrolled me in a farm summer camp, it opened my eyes to the wonder and joy that comes with connecting with the natural and animal world. This began my love for being outside and learning more about how we all are interconnected.
My college years exposed me to the sustainability/small farms movement as well as a personal struggle with dietary issues and health that turned my focus inward on how food affects our bodies. After graduating from Hope College with a degree in Psychology, I was very interesting in pursuing a career focused on helping kids and families play an active role in their food system. Since then I have worked at a variety of non-profits, small farms, and educational programs centered around food. I truly believe that being outside, growing good food, and eating together has immense power to shape our relationships with each other and the world around us.
Outside of work I enjoy cooking and baking with friends (it’s no fun alone), finding thrifted treasures, spending time in the water, dancing to live music and beekeeping!
I am super excited to head down south and join the team at McDowell Farm School this Spring!