12th Class, 2005-2006
Field Placement: Farm to Table (Santa Fe, NM)
Miles worked with communities to conduct a food gap assessment of rural counties and Native American nations in Northern New Mexico. This project documented the accessibility of healthy and affordable food in these areas by mapping food sources and conducting focus groups, interviews, and a price survey of grocery stores.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Closing New Mexico’s Rural Food Gap summarized the findings of this project and included community-generated recommendations for future action.
Policy Placement: Bread for the World Institute (Washington, DC)
At Bread For the World Institute, Miles researched the effect of United States farm policy on rural development and rural poverty. Miles used this research to prepare an article for the 2007 Hunger Report and other Bread for the World Institute publications.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Miles is a 2004 graduate of North Dakota State University, where he majored in anthropology and minored in political science. He conducted research on traditional medicine and health care at an anthropological field school in Tanzania, interned for Congressman Earl Pomeroy in Washington, D.C., and was chosen as a delegate to the International Federation of Agriculture Producers Conference (IFAP) for his research paper on IFAP’s role in combating world hunger. On campus, he started a weekend service trip program to a Native American reservation, led a service trip to San Francisco, and worked with Students for Social Justice and Support International.