After completing ten months of classes in Italy I moved back to San Francisco to work on two internships and write my thesis. One internship was with Healthy Retail SF, a city initiative working to get healthier food into corner stores in the Tenderloin and Bayview districts. I managed social media for Rancho Llano Seco, a family-run farm/ranch in Chico established in 1861 that raises heritage breed pigs, cows in pasture, walnuts, heirloom beans, and is experimenting with ancient varietals of wheat. These are two different organizations working to make changes in the food system, each in their own way. I am very proud to have been a part of them. 

For my thesis I looked closely at food distribution in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the role tech is playing in getting food from farmer to consumer as more and more aspects of our lives move online. I graduated with my Master degree in Food Culture and Communications on May 23, 2014. 

To catch a glimpse of what my year was like at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy, please head to my blog.

 

 

Here I am with some of my homemade Seedy Rye bread. I picked up the hobby of baking sourdough bread in Italy.

Photo by Cody Perhamus

Photo by Cody Perhamus