Fresh and Healthy Foods VISTA
Rachel Brunot joined ACEnet in June 2021 as the Fresh and Healthy Foods VISTA through the Ohio CDC AmeriCorps VISTA program. Rachel will spend the next year assisting with evaluation design, training, and infrastructure support to provide farming and specialty food entrepreneurs with resources, infrastructure, skills and strategies to start and expand their operations into profitable businesses that support sustainable livelihoods, while simultaneously increasing the diversity and safety in the local food economy.
Rachel is new to the Athens area but has lived in Ohio her whole life, first in Cleveland and then in Columbus, where she graduated from Ohio State in May 2021 with a bachelor’s in Geography and International Studies. She is interested in nonprofit work, community development, and sustainable food systems and looks forward to continuing to become part of the ACEnet and Athens communities this year.