I like to travel. I love the outdoors. But I’m head over heels for food. It all fascinates me: how it’s grown, what it can be made into, what people around the world eat, and, of course, how it tastes. I’ve worked in the fields of Sustainability and Adventure Education for over a decade. I’ve been obsessed with food for longer than that. I wanted to know more about food the day I tasted my grandmother’s homemade peach ice cream, with fruit from a tree out back. No doubt it was her cooking that inspired the food enthusiast in me. I worked in corn fields every summer as a teenager, but my real connection to growing food rooted in college as a volunteer on a local organic farm. I learned that food tastes better the more you earn it. Backpacking across the southern tip of Illinois and canoeing for weeks in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota drove this message home. I graduated college with a mission to teach about the planet we call home and how our food choices can help or harm our future. I’ve worked for Outdoor Education organizations, Environmental Education centers, Ecology schools, nonprofits, for-profits with education programs, and other Adventure programs. I also completed my Master’s degree in Education in 2017.
Some of the experiences that have made me who I am were forged in these places below. Following my dreams and curiosity around the country, I’ve dedicated my life to education, exploring the great outdoors, and eating to support the longevity of the planet.
Voyage Expedition Leadership in S. Illinois, Minnesota, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado
Outdoor Education in S. Illinois, Georgia, California, Maine, Vermont, Fort Collins and Red Feather Lakes, CO
Food/Farming Education in Illinois, Georgia, Colorado, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire
Life Education in the United States (and Hawaii), France, Italy, Netherlands, and Japan