Growing food has the power to connect us. I grew up involved in community gardens in St. Paul, where neighbors taught each other about culinary traditions from around the world. If it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something, then most of us are experts in food, and have meaningful insights to share.

I value that food and agriculture practices transcend language, and we all have more to learn. Food production can be a part of so many solutions, from ecological stewardship to economic development to community building.

I am energized by learning from others and encountering new ideas and perspectives. The challenges we face are complex and require creative and inclusive solutions, rooted in the experiences of communities and people. I’m a believer in the power of collaboration to identify meaningful pathways for environmental sustainability. I hope that my work will contribute to the quality of life for future generations.