I am a Doctoral Candidate at Antioch University New England and an environmental educator specializing in community food systems and sustainability. The working title of my dissertation is Cultivating Connections: A Critical Autoethnography of Gardens, Higher Education, and Social Identity in Community Food Systems. My scholarship supports and is supported by gardening in community, workplace, and campus settings. As one of many practices that can create more accessible, equitable, and thriving food systems, gardening holds countless possibilities for research, education, and leadership. My experiences with growing food and related efforts, which began during the climate and economic challenges of 2009, include teaching, evaluation, capacity-building, and developing creative, impactful projects with diverse stakeholders. In this work, I value opportunities to engage community voices in exploring food as a reflection of culture. This includes understanding our shared vulnerability to social, environmental, and economic effects of industrial food systems and helping us imagine more viable local alternatives. At the heart of my work is a desire to join others in healing the relationship between people and the earth.