"Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let's stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another." - Anne Raver

Summer updates

On June 14, I presented at the University of Vermont Food Systems Summit with my colleagues from Antioch University New England's Community Garden Connections. Based on the Summit theme of "What Makes Food Good?" we gave a panel presentation and participatory session, "Tending Gardens, Raising Resilience: A Recipe for Community Served Three Ways." Check out the session description and details at the Food Systems Summit website and see the full event program here.

My proposed session, "Framing Food Resilience: Photovoice, Workplace Gardens, and Community-Based Participatory Research," has been accepted for the 2016 NAAEE Research Symposium on October 18-19, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. I am greatly looking forward to this experience as I explore and highlight the roles of workplace gardeners in local food system efforts while developing my research skills and preparing for my qualifying exam for the PhD program this fall.