Jessica Jane Spayde

Coordinator
Wisconsin Local Food Network
Coordinator since June 2018

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About Jessica

Interests / Experience: I am passionate about bringing people together across divides, using research-informed methods for participatory, collaborative action, and increasing social justice in food and agricultural systems. I have taught dozens of university courses on sustainable food systems, social justice, and social science research. I’ve written three sociological theses/dissertations: One about racism, one about environmental attitudes, and another about sustainable food policy. I am a small farmer in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, with pastures and woods currently utilized by chickens and pigs. I love working with the Wisconsin Local Food Network because I get to spend my time actively building more inclusive, resilient, sustainable food systems in Wisconsin! 

Favorite Food: Having grown up in Eastern Tennessee, fried okra has a special place in my heart. It seems to taste better when I grow it and cook it myself. Plus, I get the added benefit of seeing the beautiful okra flowers in my garden!

Random Fact: From about 30 yards away, I got to watch Paul McCartney play several songs to an empty stadium as he performed his soundcheck before the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Contact Jessica: wilocalfoodnet@gmail.com

 

Siman “Avery” Ao

Media Intern
Wisconsin Local Food Network
Spring 2019

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About Avery

University: UW-Madison

Degree Program: Nutritional Science – Dietetics & Digital Studies certificate

About: I am excited about meeting people who are also interested in local food systems and hoping I could use what I’ve learned into practice to help WLFN.

Favorite Food: I love trying any weird food that is new to me. Although they may not be as “tasty” as what I am used to, getting to know some new flavors is always exciting to me. Don’t you want to try curry-flavored ice cream?

 

Ellie Miller

Research Intern
Wisconsin Local Food Network
Spring 2019

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About Ellie

University: UW-La Crosse

Degree Program: Sociology and Psychology

About: I am excited about learning more about the way food systems work so we can work to improve them to better serve people and communities sustainably.

Favorite Food: Cookies! About 7 billion chocolate chip cookies are consumed each year, and about half of those are home-made!

 

Lauren Jorgensen

Policy Intern
Wisconsin Local Food Network
Spring 2019

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About Lauren

University: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Degree Program: B.S. Agronomy and Community & Environmental Sociology. Certificates in Global Health, Food Systems, and Environmental Studies. Accelerated Master of Public Affairs Student

About: I am excited about honing my understanding of food policy development and execution; as well as learning how to incorporate inclusive language into policy for more justice-oriented legislation.

Favorite Food: My favorite food is hummus – the origin is hotly debated between Lebanon and Israel. In fact, the two countries have even had contests over who can make the largest bowl of hummus!

Contact Lauren at: ljorgensen3@wisc.edu

 

Amelia A. Stastney

Policy Intern
Wisconsin Local Food Network
Spring 2019

About Amelia

University: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Degree Program: International Studies

About: I am excited to stop learning about policy (and how it relates to myself and others) and start working directly towards better policies for Wisconsin!

Favorite Food: Brussel Sprouts — In Wisconsin, most brussel sprouts are harvested from September to December.

Contact Amelia at: amelia.stastney@gmail.com

 

Brett Dvorak

Research Intern
Wisconsin Local Food Network
Spring 2019

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About Brett

University: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Degree Program: B.S. in Agricultural Business Management

About: I’m excited to better understand,expand, and empower Wisconsin’s local food and agricultural community.

Favorite Food: Bacon from my family’s farm. It tastes that much better when you have that relationship with your food!

Contact Brett at: Brett4dvorak@gmail.com

 

Catherine Kirwin

Research Intern
Wisconsin Local Food Network
Spring 2019

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About Cat

University: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Degree Program: B.S. Geography

About: I’m looking forward to gaining experience in conducting social science research while also getting acquainted with sustainable agricultural initiatives in the state and the people that make them happen!

Favorite Food: I love fatty fish like salmon and sardines from the Pacific Northwest. I eat sardines almost everyday! I also check in regularly on the status of the Pacific Northwest variety as their populations boom and bust, making them especially vulnerable to overharvesting!

 

Crystal Qing

Research Intern
Wisconsin Local Food Network
Spring 2019

About Crystal

University: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Degree Program: B.S. Biology

About: It’s my first time to join a group to do research. I hope I can learn a lot about the Wisconsin food system and how it operates. Meanwhile, it’s a great experience to work with a group of people to investigate the food network.

Favorite Food: I love spicy hot pot very much which is a special dish in my hometown. Especially, during the winter, having hot and spicy food will help me get warm!

Contact Crystal at: qing3@wisc.edu

 

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