At Oberlin I majored in environmental studies and minored in history. Bringing these two interests together, my senior honors project is a history of resistance to surface mining in Appalachia. This project was the most defining academic experience I had, as it introduced me to the Coal River Valley region and community, sparking my interest in Appalachian food and desire to move to southern West Virginia. After growing up in NYC, I cannot wait to dive into rural life. Valley Community Kitchen fuses my love for food with my commitment to environmentalism and academic understanding of the history of Appalachia.
Composed in May 2010
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