Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Keegan and I am an intern for Green Plate Special this summer. It has been a joy, a challenge and a true blessing to garden, cook and learn with a special group of youth this summer. Thanks to the Green Plate Special community and space, this has been a life changing summer for both myself and the youth.
I am a rising senior at Occidental College in Los Angeles where I am majoring Urban and Environmental Policy, with minors in politics and biology (try saying that five times fast). I am involved in a myriad of pursuits and therefore consider myself a student, athlete, activist, journalist, artist, entrepreneur, farmer, teacher, mountaineer, and most importantly, an earthling.
I recently returned from a semester abroad in Nepal, where my love for and fascination of food was elevated once again. Last summer I received a grant to study urban transit systems in Brazil, but I spent a month of my summer in the Atlantic Rainforest working on an organic farm. Despite the long distance I have traveled to interact with food and people, I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to my beloved hometown of Seattle, where I have participated as an urban farmer and culinary connoisseur with a diverse team of youth and adults.
Favorite vegetables: Carrots and sugar snap peas!
Favorite fruits: Nectarines and mangoes!
Favorite thing to cook: Momo’s! Momo’s are Tibetan dumplings which I cooked with my host
family in Nepal nearly every week.
Favorite family cooking memory/experience: Cooking showstopper (aka Dutch babbies) with mom and sister on lazy Sunday mornings.