Last month we welcomed a new member to the Food Roots board, Julia Giel. She is the Construction Coordinator for Tillamook County’s Habitat for Humanity and is excited to support Food Roots’ mission. She has only been in Tillamook for a little over a year and has already done groundbreaking work in our community, pun intended! Get to know more about Julia below:
1) Where are you from and what brought you to Tillamook?
I am mostly from Annapolis, Maryland. I was born in San Diego, CA and have also lived in New York City and Okinawa, Japan. I have been in Tillamook just over one year and moved here after my time in the Marines, having never been to Oregon before, for what I thought would be just one year of AmeriCorps service with Habitat For Humanity. Turns out I loved the job and found the love of my life so I am still here!
2) What is your vision for a better food system?
My vision is for a food system that is kind to our bodies and kind to our planet. I want to contribute to a system where every family is ensured food security, especially in a rural and agricultural county. When I heard about Food Roots and the organization's work, I knew being on the board and supporting their work was the best way to accomplish that vision.
3) What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is my Dad's Italian sausage and spaghetti! He makes everything from scratch, and slow roasts the sauce and sausage, so that the whole house smells delicious all afternoon! It is divine.
Julia visited the garden a few weeks ago (pictured below) to take a look at some problem areas in the Tillamook Junior high garden. She is taking the lead on helping us get supplies to fix the hoop house and fencing. These are much needed upgrades that will help maintain warmer temperatures in the hoop house and keep critters from sneaking in and snacking on the garden.