While she was growing up, Ariel Garsow developed a number of interests by participating in hobbies and extracurricular activities. She especially loved cooking with her grandmother. In high school, she was naturally drawn to science. These interests, combined with her attendance on church mission trips, sparked Ariel’s passion for helping feed the hungry.
In her high school advanced placement (AP) biology class, Tara Mittelberg learned about Norman Borlaug, the renowned scientist, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner who devoted his career to battling hunger and poverty across the globe. This sparked her interest in agriculture and prompted her to pursue the opportunity to be an Emerging Leader in the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge during the 2014–2015 academic year.
Sarah, from Osceola, Wisconsin, is studying supply chain and operations management and Spanish studies at the Carlson School of Management. Having participated in a three-day poverty simulation through the nonprofit Heifer International, Sarah was inspired to become informed about the global food crisis and what she could do to help. She feels that working with Land O’Lakes to solve this issue is an amazing opportunity to learn about how an organization comes together to solve a goal and deal with an issue that is tough to define. She is excited to be part of the Global Food Challenge and work toward finding meaningful and sustainable ways to combat hunger and food insecurity in our world.