food education service member
Liv serves as a Food Educator at Alanson Public Schools and Pellston Elementary through her FoodCorps assignment in Groundwork’s Petoskey office.
Her days often include scenes like this: weeding in the hoop house at Pellston Public Schools to overwinter carrots, leading healthy food tastings, cooking with students and introducing them to new fruits and vegetables, helping out at the salad bar during lunch, and revamping old garden spaces to help them better foster outdoor, hands-on learning opportunities.
“Since I was a student myself, I have dedicated much of my life to educating about and engaging in actions focused on increasing sustainability, environmental outreach, and working with students,” Liv says. “In this role with Groundwork, I get to pursue all of these passions in one place and connect with others who are committed to reaching our goals and having a meaningful impact in our communities.”
In Liv’s FoodCorps work, one of the biggest goals is creating a schoolwide culture of health, “from the principals to the hallways to the bake sales,” she says. “It’s about celebrating healthy food.”
That’s a natural goal for someone who likes to spend hours in the kitchen cooking and baking delicious vegan treats. One of her current passions in the kitchen is using her grandmother’s old Polish recipes and cookbooks as inspiration, and “veganizing dishes my family has enjoyed for generations,” Liv says.