Planting the seeds
Growing up, I thought that everyone was trying to change the world. That the norm was social impact. In my young mind, everyone tested pH levels in creeks and learned how to mentor their peers. Wasn't this what everyone did as a kid at a public school? Years later, that answer was a very resounding no. Taking part in the Adopt-A-Stream project to help restore the salmon population planted the seeds at a very young age how one person can make a big difference.
tilth soil and water steward
After a long love affair with Seattle Tilth I became a Soil and Water Steward in an effort "to empower friends and neighbors to support local food systems and practice environmental stewardship in their everyday actions." One of my areas of focus when working on my undergrad degree at UW was the study of food politics: access and sustainability. I started growing my own food when I learned about the socioeconomic and environmental issues surrounding commercial food production and haven't looked back. After years of practicing basic stewardship on what has felt like a small scale, I now have the tools to make a greater impact on my community for the better.
Both a personal and professional goal is to align myself with organizations and companies that share my sense of stewardship for the surrounding community. Whether it be through technological tools, mentorship programs or good old fashioned volunteer work, it is my hope to one day work for a company that shares in this passion.