Angela is an innovative program developer, evaluator and writer who works at the nexus of food systems and health equity. Professionally Angela provides curriculum & program development, facilitation, strategic planning, grant writing and participatory evaluation services to organizations and institutions throughout New England.
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Angela believes collaboration, equitable planning and evaluation hold enormous potential as tools for social justice. They use facilitative leadership, embodied & reflective learning strategies, and action based research to design, deliver and evaluate programs.
Angela’s relationship with food originated in their Grandmother, Constance Marie’s kitchen. Connie used food as a bridge between her Ukrainian traditions and Italian, French and contemporary “American” cooking she learned from neighbors and friends in the United States. Connie spent hours in her kitchen crafting recipes that married her own traditions with those of the French and Italian chefs she admired. She shared these practices with Angela, and while they cooked together, Connie shared folklore, stories and mysticism from their shared Ukrainian heritage. Transplanted from rural Rhode Island to New York City as a young woman, Connie held on to her agrarian roots by raising rabbits on rooftops. She saw her relationship with animal husbandry as a connection to, and relationship with natural world, and the mystical traditions of her people.
After college, following the dying wish of their grandmother to “experience the world” Angela took a job on a solar powered sail boat and learned how to sail and cook on the open sea. Angela worked in the front and back of house of restaurants, in community gardens, on neighborhood lot reclamation projects and small farms across the US/Turtle Island before relocating to the Northeast United States where their ancestors migrated when they arrived on Turtle Island.
Their journey with honeybees began in 2010, in Boston, when they and several local beekeeping organizers started the Boston Area Beekeeping Association and the Boston Tour de Hives, a bicycle powered apiary tour of the greater Boston area.
Angela now resides in so-called Western Massachusetts, consults on projects with change-making organizations and runs a small apiary and apicultural business built upon the practices of reciprocity and learning modeled by their grandmother, and cultivated by a series of mentors and teachers.
Angela teaches in sustainable food systems at the University of Massachusetts and the Franklin County House of Corrections, their course load includes explorations in food recovery, beekeeping practices rooted in reciprocal relationship with honeybees, and cooking and food preservation traditions learned from their Ukrainian Grandmother.
Angela is currently writing a book about honeybees (untitled), which will include tools for new beekeepers, perspectives on beekeeping from the field, and an organizing tool cultivated from a long learning relationship with honeybees called “Decolonize the Hive”.