“In Orange County, the local food system is not good at all—it’s behind the times,” says Megan Penn, co-founder and executive director of Orange Home Grown. Penn and the organization she leads are working hard to remedy that.
Change is happening, says Penn, who believes that “food is the essence of everything.”
Penn was raised in the City of Orange, but it was not until she went to college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo that her eyes were truly opened to the wonders of local and sustainable food and agriculture.
“There was a fabulous farmers’ market which was part of my college life,” she says.
Upon returning to the City of Orange, however, Penn noticed the lack of farmers’ markets and locally-produced food.
“My friends and neighbors felt the same way,” she says. Read more