My name is Izzy Gray and I am excited to be interning with Boston Area Gleaners this summer. I am a huge fan of BAG’s work and can’t wait for the gleaning season to take off!
A little about me- I was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts and graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in 2016. I just finished my first year at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where I study Environmental Studies, Government, and Sociology. I am interested in learning more about food systems and the intersection of socioeconomic status and health.
My family has always valued healthy, local food and has been part of a CSA at Lindentree Farm for over a decade. Some of my fondest memories from growing up include picking berries and peas with my mom and playing around the fields at Lindentree. I became interested in issues of food waste and food insecurity in high school through my involvement with the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and my school’s Environmental Action Club. I love the Boston area and feel strongly about helping to make it a healthier and more equitable community. I am thrilled to be involved with BAG’s efforts to reduce food waste and make local produce more accessible to all families in the Boston Area.
This summer I am going to be working on a project interviewing farmers, volunteers, distribution organization managers, and recipients of produce about how they benefit from the gleaning process. I’ll also be helping out with gleaning and distribution, so look out for me on gleaning trips this summer!