Meet Our Local Foods Intern

— Written By Rachael Holzman and last updated by Nancie Mandeville
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Hi everyone, this is Rachael Holzman, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Union County Center Local Foods Intern. I am a local to Union County, growing up in the Waxhaw area. My love for the local food system began to develop when I was little. Every year, my mom would take me and my brother strawberry picking. It’s one of the best times of the year because it’s not too hot & humid yet. My favorite part is soon as you get to the fields you can smell the sweet berries in the air. I have fond memories of sneaking a few berries when my mom wasn’t looking and making yummy jams and strawberry shortcake for dinner when we got home. 

In high school, my desire to work with agriculture grew through my involvement in FFA. It only made sense to continue my education at North Carolina State University. I am an upcoming senior double majoring in Agriculture Business Management and Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. I have found a wonderful community within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and am excited to apply what I have learned in Raleigh to my home of Union County. 

This summer I will be working to connect producers and consumers in one convenient place on the Union County Local Foods and Products website. We hope to showcase all the producers we have in Union County and help strengthen the relationships they have with our consumers to build our local food system! It is more important now than ever that we come together to support one another and create a more resilient community. I believe local foods are a great place to start. 

Look for me, Rachael Holzman, at the Union County Farmers Market on Saturdays in Monroe or reach out to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Union County Center for more information on how you can get involved in this exciting new project. I’m looking forward to this summer!