“Some of the best feelings I’ve ever had have come to me when eating something I grew from a seed,” says Casey Haggerty, a Petoskey-based contractor who works for Groundwork on outreach, grant coordinating, and food access.
For Casey, that plain and powerful feeling took on fresh meaning right after college when she signed on to be a FoodCorps AmeriCorps service member, hosted by our Petoskey office. For two school-years she worked with elementary school children, teachers and administrators to elevate the role of whole, healthy food in school and daily life. “I wanted kids to know how incredible it feels to harvest something they grew,” Casey says. Her belief that everyone has a right to nutritious, delicious food only strengthened during FoodCorps, and now she’s excited to continue along that path working with Groundwork in multifaceted ways.
The deeper Casey dives into the local food movement, the more enthused she becomes about its potential, a world in which local food is the way of our culture—served in schools, food pantries, restaurants, grocery stores, and kitchens. “I am excited for a future where everyone in the community can feed themselves nutritiously. I might be dreaming big, but I think that the passion and motivation for such big work are present at Groundwork and in the community,” she says.