“Growing up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania, I often found myself looking back and forth between my grandmother’s “green thumb” and her miraculous garden. I was dazzled by what power, wisdom, and magic must be in those hands and in that soil. To this day, the deliciousness and abundance of what she produced still astounds me, especially considering that she was growing so close to the fumes of a steel mill and what was once at DDT factory.
Having spent my recent years organizing students and community members around a range of social and economic justice issues, I have come to believe that we are the leaders we’ve been looking for to build a better world. So as I continue to learn about the daunting web of environmental and food-related challenges that exist today, the spirit of my grandmother and her garden continues to inspire me, along with the countless ordinary people around the world and right down the street who are coming together to build community and brilliant solutions in the face of climate chaos, GMOs, environmental racism, and more.