Hello All! My name is Kelsey Jones and I am this year’s Provost’s Sustainability Internship (PSI) for PICA. I have endless troubles with saying “I am the Outreach Coordinator for the Program in Community and Agroecology via the Provost’s Sustainability Internship”, quite the mouthful yes? What is most exciting about this internship (though) is not my title, but rather the experiences it has given me. This quarter I have been granted the opportunity to coordinate PICA’s quarterly workshops. And let me say, they have been a blast so far!
The first workshop I coordinated was with a former PICA meals coordinator, Abby Putnam. We wanted to give the community some hands-on cooking lessons centered around the local food movement so we created our “From Garden to Plate: How to Create a Locally Sourced Feast” workshop on November 9th. We made a delicious bean and pumpkin soup, apple galette, and some lasting memories as well.
Later on in November PICA was granted the pleasure of a visit from freelance writer/food enthusiast Sally Neas. She gave a group of 16 students and Santa Cruz community members a lesson in fermentation. We made both bread and sauerkraut together while discussing the benefits of engaging with our local food traditions (forget San Francisco sourdough, lets get Santa Cruz sourdough some time in the spotlight!). I feel both these workshops engaged with some cornerstones of what it means to be a part of PICA and I can’t wait to develop more community through the lens of food systems in the coming quarters.