This is Caroline here. I got the chance to tell you a bit about myself in a post a few weeks back, and Laura and I got to thinking that it would be fun to use the blog to introduce you to the many faces of Local Foods Connection.
LFC couldn’t do what it does without the hard work of our farmers and clients, as well as the hard work of over a hundred volunteers who complete a variety of on-farm and off-farm tasks, from harvesting to weeding to writing grant proposals to fixing computers to designing t-shirts. And the people who come together to form LFC are drawn to this work from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of interests.
And so, we bring you our first installment of the Local Foods Connection Proust Questionnaire. You may be familiar with Proust’s original questionnaire or with the Vanity Fair magazine version but our Proust Questionnaire is undoubtedly more interesting, more fascinating, and a whole lot more fun! (Well, we think so anyway.)
Without further ado, I am pleased to introduce our first LFCer: Robert.
1. What is your name?
2. Where were you born and where have you lived?
Born in Knoxville, TN. Have lived in Iowa most of my life – Shellsburg, IA – but have also lived in Cedar Rapids, St. Peter, MN, and now Iowa City
3. How long have you been working with Local Foods Connection?
I’ve been volunteering for the LFC since the fall of 2004, on and off.
4. Who are your favorite heroes of fiction (books/movies/songs)?
5. Who are your favorite heroes in real life?
Matt Conaway, Susan ZJ, my mom
6. What is your favorite food or meal?
Anything that can be wrapped in a tortilla makes for good eating.
7. What is the quality you most admire in another person?
8. What can’t you live without in your refrigerator or cupboard?
Onions, garlic, canned tomatoes.
9. What do you like most about the work you do with Local Foods Connection?
Sometimes in grad school it’s hard to feel like you are doing something tangible, but I get that feeling every time I work out on a farm or help Laura with a project.
10. What is your most marked characteristic?
I’m kind of a smartass, so I’ve been told.
11. What is your first food memory?
Hating tomato soup, and making an incredible mess eating spaghetti with my twin brother at our little kiddie table at home.
12. What kind of work do you do with Local Foods Connection?
A variety of things – office work, mailings, some fundraising, delivering shares, farmwork, helping with volunteer days.
13. What is your favorite thing about eastern Iowa?
The people I’ve met here.
14. What led you to an interest in local foods?
The idea of sustainable food production.
15. What is your dream of happiness?
Leaving the world in better shape than I found it, and growing old with my amazing wife.
16. What was your favorite food as a child?
Mom’s homemade mac and cheese
17. How do you spend your time outside of Local Foods Connection?
I’m a PhD student in Environmental Engineering, so that takes up a lot of time. I have a house and two half-crazed Springer spaniels, so there are always projects to do and places to run.
18. What foods do you most dislike?
Hmmm… well, I never cared for my Grandma’s Hungarian cooking, which basically involved taking a piece of edible food and stewing the life out of it.
19. What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Does humility count?
20. What is your present state of mind?
Very upbeat, just listened to a great bluegrass cd, but starting to get nervous about a 1:00 deadline today.
21. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I was born without bone marrow
22. What is your favorite cookbook?
23. What is your motto?
Ha – I have several…
1) Don’t shit your pants about this stuff!
2) Two most important things in life – attendance and enthusiasm.
The first one was advice given to me by my boss Virgil when I was starting my first job as a janitor for the summer, but I think it can pretty much be applied to most situations.