Meet Mosa, summer intern!

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Welcome to Mosa Collins, our Community Food Advocate intern this summer at the Good Cheer Garden! Here is Mosa telling us a bit about herself, and what her internship involves:

“I am an island-grown Langley-local but for most of the year I am found in the green mountains of Vermont studying Dietetics at UVM. As a rising senior I have come to appreciate the impact food has on the body, as well as the affect each step in the food system has on global health and the many different factors influencing a consumer’s choice of groceries.

mosa with lettuce1Eventually I hope to obtain my license as a registered dietitian and work with families and communities to establish a greater appreciation for food from farm to table.  This strategy is currently used in the international Slow Food movement as a way to inspire others to value quality over quantity and thus, encourage healthy choices over convenient ones.

The Good Cheer food bank and the programs coordinated with the volunteers therein is a perfect example of this holistic effort to inspire quality meals to everyone.  Being a part of this effort at this stage of its development is an invaluable opportunity.  Throughout the summer I have several responsibilities, including: providing healthy snacks and recipes for work parties with ingredients from the food bank, volunteering at said work parties and learning all the steps of having a community garden, and coordinating cooking workshops to empower food bank recipients with confidence to utilize food from scratch.

As a proud product of this fabulous community, I look forward to working with other members in an effort to give back.”

The cooking classes that Mosa is organizing with local chefs will be on July 25, August 1, and August 8th, from 11 am – 1 pm in the Good Cheer Garden

Stay tuned for the recipes for some of the healthy snacks that we’ve been enjoying on work days!

Thank you Mosa!