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liv rollinger


Liv Rollinger

food education service member

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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.

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Graduated in 2018 from the University of Michigan, from the Program in the Environment and specialized in Sustainable Food Systems and Environmental Outreach.

In her spare time ...

Liv loves to be outside, hiking, kayaking, swimming, bonfires on the beach, ice skating, camping and backpacking, or tending to her own garden. “Being out of doors is my happy place,” she says.

Favorite spots in northern Michigan

Liv's two favorite spots in Michigan are geographic neighbors: Sleeping Bear Point and Good Harbor Beach in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Why the prop?

"I have worn these shoes for so many important days, experiences, and events over the last six years and will continue to wear them until I no longer am able to. I am thankful for all of the places these boots have accompanied me, and safely carried me. They help remind me of all the places I’ve been, professionally and personally, which have allowed me to be the person I am today! They also inspire me to keep putting one boot in front of the other as I walk towards my goals in life and my dreams."

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