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I have spent the past two years in New York City teaching about food systems and particularly about the effects of urban demand on agriculture and rural communities. While these effects have by and large been ruinous, it is also clear that the hunger of nine million people can be a powerful force and offers a great deal of hope for Vermont's future if even a fraction of that demand can be harnessed in support of a sustainable food system. For that reason, reinventing the relationship between cities and the countryside is a big part of what I am interested in right now, as a complement to developing local food systems in rural communities.
I grew up in rural upstate New York and moved to Vermont when I was in college. Throughout my 20s I worked on a variety of different farms, completed the apprenticeship in ecological horticulture at UC Santa Cruz, and farmed for myself for a few years on a rented farm. At 29 I began a graduate program in rural development. While working on my dissertation I fixed up an old farm in southeastern Vermont, but have not yet begun farming there in earnest. For the past two years I have been a visiting faculty member at New York University, where I teach about food systems. This spring I will be a visiting researcher at the Center for Rural Research in Norway. I am eager to settle back in Vermont and to get involved with all the good work that is going on building sustainable food systems here.
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