HandPicked People: Leona Palmer

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As we've built up our community here at HandPicked Nation, we have met some truly incredible farmers, ranchers, makers and thinkers in the real food movement. Which prompted the thought, why not share a little more about the real people of real food with our readers?

Welcome to another addition of HandPicked People!

Today, Leona Palmer is stepping in to the spotlight. Leona, a former plus-size model, packed up her life and planted new roots at Newton Farm in Massachusetts. Leona may be new to farming, but she's a seasoned writer and always brings her elegant way with words to the trials and tribulations of seeding, weeding and mulching for the first time. Cheers, Leona!

Name: Leona Palmer

Occupation: Writer

Describe what you do in ten words or less. Grow food, learn about growing food, write about growing food.

Describe real food in one sentence. Real food feels nourishing, complete and alive.

What is your first food memory? Picking strawberries out of our garden.

If you were a food or a flavor, what would you be? Honey

What are the five food things you always have on hand? Olive oil, apple cider vinegar, miso, tahini, salt&pepper.

What is the one professional rule you never break? We joke when tired of weeding to go and get the "Round-up" which is funny because of how ludicrous it sounds to even say.

What's going to be your next meal? A little of this or a little of that from the fields. So probably kale, asparagus, or spinach in miso soup or sauteed with olive oil.

Did we miss anything? Let us know what kinds of questions you want us to ask in the comments below!