Her long dark hair is streaked with grey and collected in a braid down her back. Debbie Hillman has brought handouts.
I always bring a lot of handouts for people because sometimes it just does help. So I will tell you what I have, and in the process I’m also telling you what I’m doing.
Five years ago, I co-founded the Evanston Food Policy Council.
I’d always been active in the community. I’ve lived here in Evanston 32 years. I was a professional gardener for 25 years, and was always interested in sustainability, although when I was growing up we called it the environment, not sustainability. Some of us five years ago in Evanston, and then other people across the country, had this realization that if you only work on food, you’re basically addressing all of the other issues that are in the headlines, because our food system—the fact that we need food and we have farms and we have grocery stores and restaurants and waste management, sewage treatment plants—it’s all because we need food.