Lynnea Ormiston- The Hands that Feed You
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The Hands That Feed You
Lynnea Ormiston grew up in Davis, CA in a family that had an extensive garden and a small orchard at the house where they lived. Lynnea’s father tended both enthusiastically, and most of the family’s produce came from their property. He
Lynnea Ormiston bagging granola
also made yogurt from scratch and homebrewed his own beer. Lynnea’s mother was the envy of other mothers because her daughters had good palates from a young age (goat cheese was a favorite food in preschool.) The family also belonged to the celebrated Davis Food Coop, one of the few consumer-owned food cooperatives still thriving in California.
Lynnea and her sister attended an elementary school that had a gardening program where all the children got to dig in the dirt and learn about planting, harvesting, and composting. As a child she fantasized about being a chef when she grew up, as she loved watching the food network. The older she got, the more she helped her father in the garden and orchard.
Lynnea moved to the East Bay to attend U. C. Berkeley, and she just started her third year there. At first she thought she wanted to study sustainable development, but after joining the student coop system she changed her mind. She lives in a house of 150 people called Cloyne Court Coop. There she became good friends with two older students who were passionate about food systems issues and the environment, and their passion was infectious. She got inspired to spend a semester as the coop’s food manager, which meant she was responsible for all the ordering and purchasing for meals for 150 students. It was a big task, but she loved it-especially getting to engage directly with local farmers.
This experience, along with attending the Edible Education lecture series led by Michael Pollan, shifted her focus. She enrolled in the Berkeley Urban Garden Internship coordinated by Ignacio Chapela, and when it came time to declare a major she chose Conservation and Resource Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Food Systems.
Three Stone Hearth proved a perfect summer job for Lynnea during her break between semesters, and now that she is back at school she will continue with us part time. In the spring, she will be going to Berlin for several months-an exciting opportunity to study, travel, and further broaden her horizons.