11th Class, 2004-2005
Field Placement: Community Food Bank (Tucson, AZ)
Barrett served as the Backyard Garden Fellow with the Community Food Security Center, where she provided backyard gardening support to Tucson community members who grow food to provide for their families. She also worked to develop and implement a mobile market program visiting two rural communities, using the market as a venue to talk with customers about backyard gardening.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Children and Their Food Practices is the result of team research that assessed the food security of Tucson elementary school children. The report illustrates the influence that school meals and family eating practices have on children’s food security, overall health and wellbeing. The report has informed and inspired the creation of a local food policy council to take action through advocacy, education, planning and recommendations.
Policy Placement: Community Food Security Coalition/National Family Farm Coalition (Washington, DC)
Barrett worked to strengthen grassroots members’ participation in federal policy-making through the creation of a policy advocacy handbook. She also researched and wrote issue briefs and educational materials for NFFC’s members in their work surrounding federal farm policy change, food sovereignty and trade issues.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Barrett is a 2004 graduate of Willamette University, where she earned a BA in sociology. Barrett has had academic and practical experience with both urban and rural issues: she served asa case manager for low-income housing residents in Chicago, and later as an Undergraduate Rural Poverty Research and Policy Fellow with the Rural Policy Research Institute. She also worked at an after school program for at-risk children, and coordinated campus events to raise awareness about social justice issues.