Sascha Anderson | Education Director↓
After over a decade of work in the specialty food industry and a lifetime dedicated to activism, Sascha endeavors to marry the two into transforming our food system. After requesting cheese for Christmas throughout her childhood, Sascha parlayed a childhood love into work at her hometown cheese shop. From there Sascha spent several years teaching and developing curriculum and training programs at storied Murray’s Cheese. Through working directly with makers and producers of food, Sascha saw not only the thoughtful care that went into creating real food, but the myriad issues behind it: the true cost of labor, land use challenges, the impacts of climate change. Later work with orchard based cider makers and small food businesses reinforced her desire to change the system to better serve makers, laborers, and consumers of food.
In addition to her work in specialty food, Sascha spends her time as a community activist around issues of equity, including immigration, public safety, and public education, and she spends her downtime thinking about the points at which these intersect food: access to food with a conscience, fair labor standards for those who get food to our tables, the ways in which we think about food from an early age, and all of the other areas where food is intertwined with issues of justice. As Education Director, Sascha helps mold the excellence of producers and partners into a curriculum that enlightens and enlivens Ruminates educational programs. When not talking cheese and equity, she raises chickens, children, and calendula in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Sascha’s mission @ Ruminate this year is to shed light on the issues of equity and access at all levels of our food system, while addressing our industry’s opportunities to positively impact issues like climate change, fair labor practices, and immigrant justice.