Being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 34 led me to a bit of rethinking of my life's priorities, including my job as an education attorney (spoiler alert I'm returning to that in September). I had recently read Michelle Obama's book, Becoming, and when she left BigLaw she reached out to her network to help her find what was next for her. I thought if it worked for Michelle, it could work for me too! So I challenged myself to meet with 5 different people in my network, to tell them my story, and to see where it led me. My 5 people ranged from a former BigLaw attorney turned career counselor (shoutout to Fit4Mom Shannon Kahn), to other small business owners, and to a non-profit founder. It was through these meetings that led me to Davis Farm to School and being offered the position of Executive Director. It was a natural alignment of my interests in education, the Farmer's Market, and building community. Davis Farm to School is actually the educational component of the Davis Farmers Market, and supports garden-based education in schools, farm-field trips, fresh foods in school lunches and waste reduction.
Our main fundraiser for the year is the Village Feast, which is a partnership between DF2S and Les Dames D'Escoffier, Sacramento. Les Dames supports women in food, wine and agriculture by providing educational grants. The Village Feast is modeled after Le Grand Aïoli tradition of late-summer feasts of Provence, France, and features a family-style meal of locally sourced foods. If you're interested in attending, tickets can be purchased at bit.ly/villagefeast2019