HandPicked People: Susie Sutphin

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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!

Susie Sutphin had her real food epiphany when working for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. She noted the astonishingly high number of films focusing on the broken state of our food system and realized she wanted to get her hands dirty. Literally. Her growing interest in real food propelled her on a six-month-long odyssey to meet and work with organic and sustainable farmers from around the nation. She says, “I crafted a self-prescribed education program where I worked on farms, took courses, read books and interviewed farmers and sustainability experts.”

Susie Sutphin has brought this cumulative education into the work she does as co-founder of the Tahoe Food Hub, and to the readers of her blog The Food Chronicles and here at HandPicked Nation. We are definitely happy to have her.

Name: Susie Sutphin

Occupation: Co-founder of the Tahoe Food Hub

Describe what you do in ten words or less. Bring regional, ecologically-grown food to Tahoe

Describe real food in one sentence. Real food is FAIR food where the soil, environment, farmer and consumer have been treated fairly.

What is your first food memory? Becoming a member of the “Clean Plate Club” when I ate my whole dinner for the first time at age 5.

If you were a food or a flavor, what would you be? Sweet & salty…chocolate dipped kettle chips.

What are the five food things you always have on hand? Eggs, butter, nuts, bread and cookies.

What is the one professional rule you never break? Blind copy someone in email (bcc).

What’s going to be your next meal? Homemade soup…chicken broth, diced tomatoes (frozen from summer), garlic, green onions, cubed celery root, butter beans, kale, spaghetti squash and carrots.

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