The habit of impostor syndrome runs deep, but I actually know stuff now. I am grateful to the mentors I've had in my time in grad school, especially for helping me to realize that one can study scientific perspectives to serve as one of but many ways of being a thinker. Teaching a high school class about agriculture, here in rural Zambia sounds pretty thrilling to me. Especially if i have the freedom to make it an agroecology/food studies type class. I only hope to give students a curriculum that is respectful of the realities they face growing up in agricultural communities in the global south in this day and age, while also being honest about the full range of options they have in their roles as farmer-citizens.
About the blogger
Maddie is a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Zambian Forestry Department's "Linking Income, Food, and the Environment" program. She is from upstate NY and is in the middle of her M.A. in Food Studies at Chatham University. She hopes to support food systems’ contributions to fostering both vibrant ecosystems and communities that distribute influence and outcomes equitably to all involved. She is a silly goose, a lucky duck, and other forms of describable waterfowl.