GROW YOUNGSTOWN YSU student promotes healthy lifestyle

Staff report


Sam Anderson of Poland, a sophomore finance major, is experiencing the health benefits of a farm-to-table lifestyle firsthand through a summer internship with Grow Youngstown.

With the official title of Prep and Preservation Program coordinator, Anderson organizes classes on cooking and nutrition for Grow Youngstown, a nonprofit that aims to promote the use of locally grown food sources.

The Prep and Preservation Program offers healthy lifestyle classes, such as “Crash Course to Cooking,” that teaches how to select fresh produce and cook with it.

Anderson learned about Grow Youngstown through her mother, Na-Young Anderson, who taught classes there on the value of raw foods for about two years. Her first teaching opportunity came when her mom was unable to make it to class and Anderson was asked to teach for her.

Grow Youngstown is best known for its Community Supported Agriculture Farm to You program, which gives residents the opportunity to purchase fresh foods and produce grown on farms within a 30-mile radius of the Youngstown area.

Even before starting her internship, Anderson helped found a Grow Youngstown Student Organization at YSU. The student group plans to offer a pickup location for locally grown produce at DeBartolo Hall that should be available to students and faculty later this summer.

Anderson hopes to attend law school after graduation. She is a member of the Student Government Association and is the communications officer of the University Scholars Trustees. She’s also involved in the Adventure Rec Club and Engineers without Borders.

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