I’m still searching for the niche where my interests and talents are best suited to make positive change in the world, but a few of the things I am captivated by at this point in my journey include:
- The many ways that growing, cooking, & sharing food contribute to a strong sense of community.
- Learning to live more simply and deliberately by shedding cultural norms and material goods.
- Cultivating and sharing strategies for bringing our personal values and actions into alignment.
- Exploring how connections with the natural world also help us to form deeper and more meaningful relationships with ourselves and each other.
I came to Good Cheer because I am interested in making healthy eating and environmentally-sound food choices available to people from all walks of life. I feel strongly tied to the Pacific Northwest, and would like to help more rural towns start farmers markets, co-ops, and food banks. The Good Cheer model is an exceptionally innovative example, and I’m excited to join and learn from the wonderful folks here in the kitchen, food bank, and garden!”
Update from Lissa:
As I finished up the apprenticeship in 2013, I transitioned into the role of Produce Manager for the Good Cheer Food Bank – a brand new position created in response to the incredible growth and success of the gardens and the Fresh Food on the Table Program. Community support has continued to grow by leaps and bounds, and the 2014 season really kept me on my toes. In 2014, the amount of locally-sourced produce we were able to provide to food bank clients grew by over 6.300 pounds (a whopping 25% more than last year!) A huge THANK YOU to the many volunteers who helped me sort, weigh, lift, bag, label, restock, pickle, freeze, and dehydrate all that additional food!