My work as an urban planner and researcher explores relationships between communities and food, between communities and the natural world, and between our built environments and justice. I am interested in the slow and the small and in turning to the past to critically engage with planning for the future. In theory and practice, I examine how to create spaces that build community and question conceptions of health and wellbeing. A natural caretaker and empath, I bring these qualities to my investigations of place, justice, narrative, design, and the built environment.
I am currently getting my Masters in Urban Planning at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. My thesis examines relationship between seed saving, bio-cultural diversity and food sovereignty. My interests as a planner relate to food justice; urban ecology; political economy; and environmental and economic justice. I am a collector of recipes, heirloom beans, poems about food, and visions of feminist utopias. Prior to planning school, I wore many different hats in the food and agriculture world as a cheesemonger, wine merchant, baker, event planner, farmers market manager, and culinary educator.