Thank you so much for stopping by Allgood Eats Local. Let me tell you a little about myself...
I think about food almost every minute of every day. I have an eclectic background and have had a circuitous journey that has led to the launch of Allgood Eats Local. I grew up surrounded by food-- my mother was a restaurant owner, caterer and personal chef. While I always enjoyed helping my mom out with her catering business, I never thought too intensely about food as a career while growing up. After high school, I went on to pursue a biochemistry degree at Wheaton College in Norton, MA in 2003.
In the fall semester of my junior year, I took my first real biochemistry class and I had an epiphany. The entire reason I loved biochemistry so much was that, essentially, it was the study of how food is broken down and utilized within the body. I found it incredibly fascinating to finally, innately, understand the interplay of carbohydrates and protein and fat within our digestive system and ultimately throughout the whole body. Around that same time, a good friend handed me Michael Pollan's An Omnivore's Dilemma, the now classic origin story of four different meals. At that point, I was hooked on nutrition, biochemistry and the dream of a better world through our attention to food.
I went on to study nutritional biochemsitry at the University of New Hampshire in my home state. My research was on how environmental pollutants can affect metabolism. I finished my master's degree having a greater understanding of how our environment interacts with our food system and how both lead to nutritional consequences.
I graduated with my MS in 2009, at a time when there were virtually no jobs to be had. I took a job in a lab outside of my field of study and used that time to explore all my options. I trained as a health and wellness coach. I volunteered with Seacoast Eat Local, I started a blog and conducted cooking and nutrition classes and workshops. I realized how deeply committed I was to helping people eat better, not only through the lens of health, but through social justice endeavors as well.
In 2012, I started the Food Education Network (FEN), which is a coalition of various food-centered organizations. FEN is dedicated to increasing access to healthy, local and organic foods to low income communities with the overall goal to improve nutrition knowledge and cultivate cooking skills. I recognized that there are people who cannot access fresh, local, wholesome foods because of a variety of reasons and FEN is helping to change that. Our community food guide, our first project as a group, can be found here.
In the summer of 2013, I completed a certificate in Leadership in Sustainable Food Systems through the University of Vermont. The week that I spent on campus, surrounded by other passionate food activists, gave me the final impetus to launch Allgood Eats Local. I knew that finally I had to dedicate my time and energy to the sustainable food movement. I loved my experience in Vermont so much that I completed another certificate program in the summer of 2014 in Sustainable Business at UVM.
I went on to serve as the Project Coordinator for the NH Food Alliance in 2015, while consulting part time. In 2016, I decided to pursue consulting full time to have the greatest impact on the food system.
All in all, I am committed to a delicious and just food system. I am passionate about empowering people to build their community through improving their food system. Through Allgood Eats Local, I want to help people feel a greater connection to their community and to ultimately create a more resilient food system.