about the rumble cure
"Big flavor inspired by a tiny farm."
What does the rumble cure mean, you ask? Most literally, it refers to the recipes I share- cooking at home is the best way to cure any rumbling, hungry tummy. The title also refers to my work as an urban farm manager in Knoxville, Tennessee, where we grow about 10,000 pounds of organic food a year education and charities. I hope to address hunger issues (to cure those rumbles!) by teaching and empowering others to grow their own food, and to take their produce and transform it into nourishing, satisfying meals. I hope my recipes can inspire others to cook more at home, using traditional methods. I believe cooking at home is a key to improving the health crisis that is invading our community and country.
I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that cooks most meals at home from fresh ingredients. My mom's blueberry pies and big Italian dinners were far too good to live without, so I started creating her recipes when I went away to school. A taste for the best foods led me to backyard gardening, and gardening led to full-time farming. What better way to ensure freshness than by growing yourself? An increased awareness of the set-up of the food system also sparked my desire to unearth the traditions in cooking that we've lost in the midst of fast, cheap food.
As an English and journalism major, I spent a lot of my time writing articles about local food and food justice. I worked on my uncle’s farm (Conover Organic Farm) outside of Pittsburgh. I then spent seven months working on sustainable and biodynamic farms throughout Italy and Scotland, where I learned skills such as cheese-making and tending to a flock of sheep, along with a slew of organic growing practices.
When I returned back to the States, I joined AmeriCorps, which placed me in Knoxville, Tennessee. Knoxville won me over with its Southern charm and friendly folks, Smoky Mountains, and potential for great achievement in improving food security, health, and the environment as a whole. Everyone deserves access to fresh and healthy foods, and I love to demonstrate the empowerment behind growing gardens and cooking food for oneself and one's family and friends.
Food and farming have always been so intertwined for me. One needs the other. There's nothing more satisfying than picking a fresh bounty after working the fields, and cooking it up. If you have no garden of your own, I encourage you to visit the farmers market or find a local farmer to buy produce. It makes a world of difference!
Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to work on a project together.