Amanda can usually be found picking food out of her or her neighbors' front yards and then preserving or fermenting it into some new tasty thing. Her interests and hobbies likely parallel those of your grandmother's.

Amanda grew up in a family that people now would probably call "homesteader light." Things like making your own maple syrup in suburban Ohio made her feel like a weirdo growing up! It wasn't until she came back to a lot of those same practices (gardening, preserving, foraging) as an adult that she saw their value and wanted to use and share those skills in the community.

Her background is in community research and advocacy, so she's all about getting people involved in creating the kind of communities they want to live in. She thinks food is an important part of that.

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