Owner/Clinical Nutritionist, GUTSy Performance Nutrition
Nutrition Educator, OSU Extension Lane County
Many of my most formative memories were of food and farm life, and linked with them, an intricate understanding of all the effort it takes to get food to the table; the constant early mornings and steps it takes to get milk from the cow to the cereal bowl, the endless hours of picking green beans and gathering ground cherries, the fleeting season of raspberries and the need to pick the ripe ones before my siblings got to them, the ritual night checks during lambing season, and especially, the sheer joy of taking whatever of-the-season abundance and creating something wonderful to eat and share in the kitchen. Over the years, I explored those early lessons further through teaching agricultural science, then garden, cooking and nutrition education, and finally through assisting others as a clinical nutritionist. I see local food and farming as a connection—connecting each of us to our ecosystem, each other, and ultimately our own health and wellness. I’m honored to contribute to an organization that continues to foster these connections within our local food system.