a bit about me:
As an urban planner and researcher, I am interested in the relationships between communities, ecologies, and food systems. My work seeks to understand the creative relationships between people and their environments in order to move away from extractive systems and work towards healing through community building, radical care, justice, and well being. My areas of expertise are: urban food systems, political ecology, cooperatives, and sustainable agriculture. I share ideas through culinary arts, writing, zine-making, and place-based rituals.
As a baker, I combine my lifelong passion sharing food with others with my sustained interest in bio-cultural diversity, collective and inter-species healing, and social justice. I am interested in creating place-based food alternatives that nourish and heal our lands and bodies. I am a collector of recipes, heirloom beans, poems about food, and visions of feminist utopias. My first degree is in English Literature from Kenyon College and prior to studying urban planning, I wore many different hats in the food and agriculture world as a cheesemonger, baker, event planner, farmers market manager, and culinary educator.
In May 2019 I received my Masters in Urban Planning with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. My Thesis on community seed libraries and grassroots seed sovereignty movements to preserve and protect biodiversity, cultural traditions, and ecological knowledge was the recipient of the Harvard Urban Planning and Design Thesis Prize.
I am currently at work as Editor of a collection of writing and art titled "How Can We Practice Radical Hospitality" published by Practice Space Design Studio (forthcoming, Nov 2019) and as Creative Consultant for the Culinary Breeding Network. I will be living as an Artist-in-Residence at the Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology on the Oregon Coast from October 2019-January 2020.