Audrey Jenkins

Audrey Jenkins serves as program assistant for GRACE's food program, providing support with public outreach, content development and special projects. Before joining GRACE, Audrey earned a BS in molecular biology and a BA in political science from Purdue University, where she focused on environmental policy. In addition to eating sustainably, Audrey loves tutoring reading and fencing.

Eat Well Heroes: Chef Nora Pouillon at Restaurant Nora

Nora Pouillon is an advocate and leader of the local, sustainable food movement in the Washington, DC area. From her cooking to her work to bolster chef-farm relationships in the region through the establishment of farmers' markets, farm tours and more, she exemplifies the level of commitment our heroes exhibit every day. Read on to find out what drives Nora's dedication to sustainable food.

Eat Well Heroes: Will Witherspoon of Shire Gate Farm

For NFL player Will Witherspoon, football and farming are labors of love. The founder of Shire Gate Farm in Owensville, MO, Will has a passion for raising beef responsibly and advocating for better food in the sports world and beyond. Read on to find out how Will became interested in farming and where he plans to go next.

The Buzz on Bees: How We're Saving Our Pollinators

We're facing a major decline of hard-working pollinators, but it's not a losing battle. Efforts to save our bees and other pollinators are on the rise. With bee highways under construction, pesticide-free zones under consideration and everyone joining in to garden for bees, we're almost on track to healing our bees, our environment and our food system. Here's where we're at today.

Film Review: Seeds of Time - Nothing Could Be More Important

There's a frozen seed bank in Norway filled with thousands of crop seeds from around the world. How did they get there, and why? Seeds of Time is a new documentary that shows us just how important crop diversity, and the work we do to preserve it, is to the future of human civilization. Here's why it's worth a watch.

Food as Medicine: Hospitals Changing the Food System

The days of notoriously "bleh" hospital food could be at an end. Thanks to these nifty tricks that hospitals are using to go local and sustainable, these centers for healthcare are starting to walk the talk by sourcing - and growing - fresh ingredients for their patients, staff and surrounding communities. It's good for everybody.

Food as Medicine: Why Doctors Are Choosing Local, Sustainable Food

While food directly impacts health, the US healthcare system fails to address the importance of food as a preventative tool in personal and public health. Dr. Robert Graham spoke with us about his work to bring a more sustainable approach to medicine, and explained why sustainable food can play a big role in keeping people healthy.

North Carolina Puts Pork Before Civil Rights

For years, North Carolina communities have complained that industrial pork farms pollute their rivers and streams and lower quality of life in the area, but the state has all but ignored their complaints. The EPA is now conducting an investigation of the state's civil rights infringements that could change the game.

Presidents Gone Green

America's 44 presidents have dealt with environmental and climate issues since our nation's beginning. From Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama, here's how they've managed and grown our food, water and energy systems!

Your Guide to Finding a Sustainably Raised Turkey

It's time to get your turkey for Thanksgiving. No kidding, heritage birds from sustainable farmers sell out fast. If you want to gather around taste-test winning meat this season, but don't know where to find it, check out these highlights of places in your region where you can find a sustainably raised bird!

Get to Work! Jobs in Food Sustainability

Our sustainable food system is in need of a wide variety of skillsets. As job options in food sustainability expand, the question is: how can you tie your work to our growing sustainable food movement? Take a look at some of the major sectors in food sustainability and find out how to get paid for supporting good food!

Quick Tips for Separating Your Compostables

Whether you're building your own compost or donating your scraps to a local program, start setting those scraps aside with these simple kitchen collection tips! This fourth post in our composting series gives you the nitty-gritty on collecting and saving food scraps at home.

Who Wants My Compost?

You don't have to compost at home to recycle your organic scraps! Find a local grower, community program or join your municipal collection service to make saving and donating scraps easy. Check out this third post in our composting series to find out who really wants your compostables.

Troubleshooting Your Compost: Tips and Tricks

Never give up on your compost pile! If something goes wrong, you can usually set things straight in a few days. Learn about the basics to maintaining a healthy compost with the second installment in our composting series.

What Can I Compost? The Scraps that Make the Cut

Find out which items you throw away are actually composting gold with this first post in our composting series. The next time you head to the trash or scrape your plate, take a moment to recognize how many of those scraps should be returned to the dirt - not trapped under layers of garbage.

Earth Day 2014: An Eco-Stravaganza of Sustainable Tips and Tricks (Part 1)

This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Whether you're an old hand at ninja energy efficiency tactics or setting up your first apartment, hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there's always more to pick up by way of sustainable living.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: A Spring Celebration!

Our Real Food Right Now series has hatched out posts on many spring foods, from the history of ramps to the egg's endless uses. Now it's officially time to delve back into these in-season delights. Explore spring ingredients and find out why going green in spring is so important!

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