Fellow from November 2014 to January 2016, based in Baltimore
Bon Appétit campus attended: Goucher College
Current job: Photographer
Skill/wisdom you gained from the Fellowship: How to tell a story, and the importance of weaving my personal narrative into everything I do. I learned professionalism, communication, and about challenging the bounds of my own abilities. Most importantly, I learned about myself and my need to consistently be creating something that is unique and true to me.
Memorable experience as a Fellow: One of my favorite moments was when I was guiding a kitchen tour at Roger Williams, and one of their Farm to Fork vendors was making a delivery. He began to speak with students about his hog-operation and how important using sustainable practices are to his animals. He was so passionate about giving his pigs a good life and honoring the ultimate sacrifice they make for us that he actually teared up. It was a beautiful moment to witness. (Watch the video!)
Any advice for current food-activist students? Food intersects with practically every societal issue imaginable. Health, hunger, mass-incarceration, climate change, race and gender inequity, education, etc. Find the area within food activism that feels TRUE to you. Consistently bring that story and honesty into your work. Be OK with getting uncomfortable and admitting when you don’t know something. Always ask yourself; who is being left out of this conversation?
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