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Goodbye Lindsay, Hello Christina

In case you haven’t heard, our beloved Lindsay Shepherd is leaving PGP at the end of August for new adventures in New York City, and we’re welcoming long-time volunteer Christina Bello as the new program manager for the Community Cooking School. They each wanted to share some thoughts after last week’s Hello/Goodbye potluck:

From Lindsay:

It has been an extremely rewarding experience working with PGP in this community for the past 6 years, both as a volunteer and a staff member. I will always cherish the relationships and friendships I made, and the outpouring of generosity that I was so fortunate to witness on a daily basis.

Working with a community of such passionate, genuinely nice people definitely confirms my faith in humanity. Although my job was to help teach and educate people, I feel I truly learned more from you than you did from me, and I will take every personal story and life lesson that you shared with me in my next journey.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with this incredible community, it was my absolute pleasure growing and cooking with you.

From Christina:

Hi everyone—first, I wanted to say thank you for all the well-wishes I’ve received over the past few weeks as I’ve been shadowing Lindsay. She’s set a high bar with her management of the cooking school and her work with all the amazing students, volunteers, instructors, and partners–I have a lot to live up to!

A little bit about me: I come from a family with a long history with food—growing, cooking, eating, and sharing. I’m an avid home cook and share some of my favorite recipes on my food blog, My Homespun Home. I’ve also been gardening with PGP since 2014 (yay Vedgewater!) and have been a frequent volunteer since the kitchen opened.

When it comes to cooking, I think there’s something very special that happens when people, even a group of total strangers, cook together and sit down to share a meal. There’s a sense of pride in making something to nourish yourself and others, and watching people connect over that shared experience means a lot to me.

Finally, I want to say a huge thanks to Lindsay for giving me a push to teach my first cooking class last summer. It confirmed that teaching people about food and cooking is my passion. I’m excited to grow what she started!

From Lindsay and Christina:

Thank you to everyone who came out last week to the Hello/Goodbye party! It was an overwhelming outpouring of love from the community that meant so much to both of us. (And the food everyone brought was, of course, amazing.) Thank you!