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Lara Lepionka, Backyard Growers Founder & Director
Mailing address: 9 Beacon Street, Gloucester, MA 01930



Meghan Stratton, 2014-2015 FoodCorps Service Member

Meghan is a native of Syracuse, NY, and a recent graduate of Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY. As a student, she designed an Environmental Studies specialization focused on sustainable food advocacy, and became involved in the good food movement on campus and in the community. On campus, she helped build a university farm, volunteered at the student-run food cooperative, and worked with the Student Culinary Council, a student-administration partnership, to promote local food sourcing.

As the coordinator of a project to develop a community grocery store in Binghamton, NY, she saw firsthand the effects of the lack of food access and became committed to bridging these gaps with local food networks. This experience followed by a year focused almost exclusively on food justice and sustainable agriculture cemented her commitment to using food, gardening, and farming to promote health, justice, and sustainability.

As Backyard Growers’ new Food Corps Service member, Meghan will be working with kids from pre-K through high school on gardening, cooking, and learning about food.



Thank you for your year of service!
Anna Swanson, 2013-2014 FoodCorps Service Member