How might your current work contribute to the sustainability movement?
Currently I'm working on several freelance and contract writing projects which cumulatively cover subjects like food safety, sustainable ag in Sonoma County, access to healthy food in low income communities, and food advertising to children.
In what ways do you personally identify with the Sustainability & Transition movement? Why are you interested?
From my perspective, it's all about food and politics. Finding the political will to make policy changes at the local, state, and national levels is a long term challenge. But creating a new, sustainable local foodshed here on the ground in Petaluma and Sonoma County is an absolute necessity for our children's health and well being, and it's something Petaluma Bounty has committed to creating. Which is how I came to work and volunteer with them. We can all begin by simply getting our hands dirty and growing some food, then sharing it.
What background and skills do you bring to this community?
I recently left behind a twenty year career spent cooking, managing and owning restaurants to return to my first love - journalism - which I had not practiced much of since my undergraduate days at USF. So it seemed perfectly natural for me to pursue writing projects related to the Good Food Movement.
What aspects of the sustainability movement most interests you?
The creation of a healthy, re-localized food system that is open to everyone and not simply a lifestyle choice of a select few.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Sustainability Movement
The Transition Handbook, Depletion and Abundance, A Nation of Farmers, The End of Food have all been extremely useful and educational for me. Energybulletin.net, Culturechange.org, TransitionSebastopol.org, are all great, informative web sites.
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