Amanda's life-long interest in how we produce food began as a child growing up on her family's dairy farm in Maine, as well as on the coast of Casco Bay, where she has fond memories of digging for dinner alongside her grandfather in the clam flats, and warming the bench of his smelt shanty in the winter. In her early 20's, she spent a few adventurous and influential years living in Yosemite National Park, exploring the backcountry and becoming acquainted with the writings of John Muir, Rachel Carson and others who have written so eloquently about our connection to, and impact on, the environment. As a result, her interest in food production and its impact on the environment have merged into a professional and academic focus. Since 2009, she has worked as an independent consultant, leading research and policy related projects for numerous organizations working on sustainable food issues in Maine and New England. She is co-author of the recently published A New England Food Vision: Healthy Food for All, Sustainable Farming and Fishing, Thriving Communities and speaks regularly at conferences and as a visiting lecturer at schools and universities on a range of food system topics. Amanda is a graduate of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy's Agriculture, Food & Environment master's program, with a specialization in the "Convergence of Natural Resource Policy and Food Security." She is currently enrolled in the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science (NRESS) Ph.D. program at the University of New Hampshire.