Nicole Barry represents our Next Generation on our Board. She is a Skidmore College senior studying Anthropology and Environmental Science, and a passionate student of food justice issues. As an intern at Pitney Meadows, Nicole has researched the relationship between farms and food pantries, especially during the time of Covid-19. Our work to supply food to the local food pantries has been a focus of her research, which includes demographic and usage information that will help us better understand and continue to improve this important work.
Doing research in the field has already been a large part of Nicole’s education. The New Hampshire native has done volunteer stints in environmental conservation projects in Honduras, Madagascar, and Ecuador, and researched the effect of climate change on farming and local foodways Pacific Samoa.
Her interest in food justice and sovereignty was sparked, she says, by a Politics of Food class she took with Professor Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, who is currently head of Skidmore’s Environmental Studies and Sciences Department. “Food is a human right, but it is commodified. So I began to examine the ways it can be decommodified. That led me to my projects with Pitney Meadows and the farm’s initiatives, which is an alternative to traditional food commerce.