Welcome! I am the Education Coordinator at Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana, Illinois. This blog is the space where I share useful food education tidbits with you, such as cool food events in the Champaign-Urbana area, how to start gardening, why our local farmers rock, what we can do about high food prices, and more! If you ever have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at education -at- commonground.coop.


2 Comments on “About”

  1. I love the design of your blog. Just read about the SNAP challenge. Hope I can try it this week. $5 /day….it’s hard to imagine others getting by on this.

  2. I’m glad you like the design! I’m using a free WordPress theme called Matala – you can read more about it here: http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/matala/.
    If you do try the Challenge this week, you might want to check out the Feeding Illinois blog (http://blog.feedingillinois.org/) to see how others taking the Challenge are managing. Cook for Good (http://www.cookforgood.com/) was also recommended to me as a resource for inexpensive meal ideas.
    And you’re right – it is hard to imagine others getting by on $5 a day. I’m going to post about it in further detail in two weeks, but the only reason I can get by on $5 a day is because I have the spare resources to do so. I had a full stomach in the weeks before the Challenge and I’ll probably have a full stomach in the following weeks; I’ve been specifically educated how to feed myself cheaply, healthfully, and nutritiously; I have family, friend, and community resources to support and encourage me; I do not have responsibilities beyond the care of my own person; I do not have disabilities or serious health issues; I live near a number of grocery stores; and SO many more. A lot -probably even most- people don’t have access to these resources. Long story made short: I literally cannot know or imagine what it would be like to subsist on $5/day without these spare resources. I hope my blogging encourages more people to really think and learn about what life is like for other people who have limited resources – and then do something about it.

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