Good Folks Good Grub
On any given day, I might find myself arranging flowers with our youth crew, leading community meetings, hosting donors, helping with chores around the farmhouse, or drafting new policies and procedures to support GRuB’s [a nonprofit organization and educational farm in Olympia] work in the years to come.
As executive director, I am responsible for bringing strategic vision to GRuB. This involves communicating our story, galvanizing community support for our mission, and cultivating partnerships that enable us to make the biggest impact that we can on the lives of youth, people with limited incomes, veterans, and other marginalized people in our community.
I’ve been inspired by and called to follow in the footsteps of change-makers and cultural leaders. I’ve also always been passionate about food, and what a powerful tool for connection it can be. One of my heroes, Howard Zinn, has a quote that embodies why GRuB is so important to me. “The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Bringing people together around food is a simple way that we use the present moment to cultivate a victory worth celebrating. On the farm, in the garden, in the kitchen or at the table, GRuB connects diverse people through our different programs. In doing so, we have opportunities to listen deeply, to make space for compassion, and to foster meaningful relationships that are essential for human resilience.