I drink skim milk, occasionally pay $5 for a specialty cup of coffee and am a loyal consumer of organic vanilla bean granola. Growing up in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota, the only time I stepped foot on a farm was to get lost in a corn maze.
If you have been keeping up with the Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders, you know that we are seasoned globe trotters. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration but we have experienced many facets of agriculture this summer. From Africa to Washington D.C., we’ve learned a lot of food security.
Rachel, from Ferryville, Wisconsin, attends the University of Minnesota where she is studying mechanical engineering. Having grown up in a small town, she knows the impact agriculture has on local families. She’s interested in expanding farming to the urban community so more families can understand its impact. Her love for gardening and interest in sustainable engineering fuel her to find a solution to the ever-growing issue of global hunger. Rachel is mentored by Susan Kubitschek in the College of Science and Engineering.