"Most of our food is imported, right here in Central Illinois. Our food comes from California and South America and all over the world, really. To me, that’s kind of crazy. Why is that happening when we do live in an area where we can grow almost anything?"
Cara Cummings is the current director of The Land Connection. She grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and lived there for most of her life. As a child, she was exposed to small-scale farming through her community, which grew a lot of its own produce. Interested in botany and biology, she attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in plant biology.
She had her first professional encounter with sustainability on a large scale working for the Tropical Forest Group, an organization whose mission is to preserve the remaining tropical forests and fight climate change. After coming to Champaign, Illinois in 2012, Cara was introduced to the local farming scene, and soon became an official employee of the Land Connection.
Cara Cummings is featured in The Land Connection podcast.
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