Local Food attracts new Intern
I am very fortunate to work alongside Rachel Lord and Robbi Mixon this summer as the Local Food Intern with Cook Inletkeeper. I am a Homer resident but am currently studying Human Geography at Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts. My studies focus on an intersection of social justice and social change—including the environmental and local food movements.
This summer I will be working with the newly launched Kenai Food Hub, a pilot project that will improve local food systems by increasing the ability of Kenai Peninsula’s producers and consumers to both market and access local food. In addition, I am working on a project that is hoping to find ways of creating larger access to local food within our community; this means access to both a wide range of crops and seafood for low-income families and individuals. I will be networking with local organizations and centers to learn of the existing food gaps and how the local food movement might help fill those gaps.
Monday’s I will be volunteering with the Homer Food Pantry, a great and active resource in our community. The Homer community is already a great support of this service but if you are looking for volunteer opportunities, or a great way to connect with more Homer residents, the Food Pantry is always looking for volunteers. Also, if you have extra produce this summer (Homer’s gardens are exceptional this year!) or need to make space for this seasons catch, the Food Pantry is always looking for fresh and nutritious food, especially fish, eggs and meat.
Please contact me if these subjects speak to you and/or you’ve thought about different ways of increasing local food access, including seafood and fish, in the Kenai Peninsula region. You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org