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Elizabeth Powell - Quincy, California

Submitted by Pamela Noel - Quincy, CA

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Elizabeth has devoted herself to farming in the Sierras to increase our local, organice foodshed.

Elizabeth Powell began as a student at Feather River College.  After gaining her college degree, she was able to work with Plumas Rural Services, providing leadership for a local food council, creating a harvest celebration of local food, creating a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, initiating a two-year farmer training program (SIFT), and establishing her "Five Food Farm", a hub for the production of food in the Northern Sierras. As Quincy is an isolated small town, her efforts are helping to increase the local foodshed, and give young farmers the ability to farm in a challenging climate and altitude. She also teaches a college course about how to farm in the Sierras for the general student body.

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