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.

The Fight for Food Access: Leaders of the Movement

Millions of Americans struggle to access healthful foods on a daily basis. In our last post, we discussed the reasons so many people experience food insecurity and how lack of access to good food impacts everyone in the United States - making it impossible for us to achieve true sustainability. The good news is that many organizations and programs are working to help solve this problem. Read on to learn more.

Eat Well Heroes: Chef Sandra Holl at Floriole Cafe & Bakery

Under a tent at Chicago's Green City Market, Chef Sandra Holl began selling delicious pastries with a local, sustainable touch. Four years later, she and her husband Mathieu established a brick-and-mortar location and have been dedicated to local farmers ever since. Read on to find out how Sandra keeps everything from her ingredients to food waste local and sustainable.

Eat Well Heroes: Chef Matthew Pietsch of Salt of the Earth

Meet our latest Eat Well Hero, Michigan Chef Matthew Pietsch of Salt of the Earth, a rustic American restaurant focused on seasonality and sustainability. Chef Pietsch's dedication to sustainability and local cuisine includes planting and managing a huge garden (fed by compost from scraps from the restaurant) and regular trips to his local farmers' markets.

America's Healthy Food Access Problem Is Not Sustainable

We've all heard it many times from our mothers, doctors and even Michelle Obama: eat more fruits and vegetables. But for millions of Americans, finding fresh food can be difficult. Local and organic food has become popular in mainstream culture, but a truly sustainable food system is impossible unless everyone can afford, and has access to, fresh, healthful food.

Eat Well Heroes: Chef Joel Miller at Ravine

People dedicated to sourcing, preparing and serving local, sustainable food are vital to the sustainable food movement. Chef Joel Miller at Ravine in Mississippi doesn't just source sustainable food - he regularly visits the farms that supply his kitchen, shops at farmers' markets multiple times per week and even raises some of Ravine's ingredients on-site. Read on for an interview with our latest Eat Well Hero!

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.

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