Get to Know Sarah

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Posted: March 7, 2013

On February 11th, the Center for an Agricultural Economy welcomed a new Executive Director, Sarah Waring. In the last few weeks, as busy as she has been, it’s been great fun to get to know her better and now you can too!
CAE: What excites you about local food systems?
SW: My background has included public policy, natural resource management, and community facilitation and in Vermont, these areas come together in the food world. It’s where farmers, business folks, and everyone who EATS can be a part of a system. I think we are lucky that making our state stronger and healthier is aligned with having our roots in the land.
CAE: Tell us MORE about Sarah Waring. Preferably though, not in the third person.
SW:  I love to read and I love to cook. I’m really good with houseplants, though I’ve never had a big garden of my own. I believe that communities can make their future together – which is why Town Mtgs are so important. And I believe that rural places are very special and require a lot of their citizens, in a way big urban areas don’t have to. 
CAE: If you could have any three people in the world, at your dinner table, who would they be and why?
SW: I would love to have JRR Tolkien, Neil Postman and Tom Lehrer. I think it’d be brilliant conversation. 
CAE: What is your dream meal?
SW: Hmmmm…I love authentic Indian food – but those spices and vegetables are hard to find here! I think there are a few key things that would be hard for me to live without – good, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, and fresh bread.
CAE: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral? Please be specific.
SW: An artichoke – I have friends who used to grow them in West Glover.
CAE: What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned since becoming Executive Director of the Center for an Agricultural Economy?
SW: Well, I’ve learned that carrot cell wall integrity can be affected by how you peel them and that the water you use in processing can affect the look and taste of your product. I’ve also learned that there are food hubs and community processing facilities from here to West Virginia…and I’ve learned that I have a lot more to learn!

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