Archive Dive: Food Security. A Small Group Making a Big Difference in Sarasota — with Joyce Norris of Transition Sarasota | Episode 141

If there’s one thing a pandemic and the current war in Ukraine are teaching us, it’s that we need to produce more food locally. But a critical part of that effort is to not waste what we already grow. One community group of dedicated volunteers is making big strides by gathering up the overproduction from local farmers and giving it to those most susceptible to hunger.

Today I’m very pleased to welcome Joyce Norris, Executive Director of Transition Sarasota. Joyce and all her volunteers are dedicated to building resilience through community, especially in the area of food security.

In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • What Transition Sarasota is and how they got started.
  • How Joyce’s parents and childhood garden gave her a love for growing food.
  • The four initiatives of Transition Sarasota that bring about greater food security for the most vulnerable in our town.
  • Upcoming events you can attend
  • How you can get in involved.

…. and much, much more!

Thank you for stopping by today. And as always it is my hope that you will listen … learn … and connect!

Joyce Norris

Executive Director

Joyce was raised in western Massachusetts. Her passion for vegetables and healthy eating originates from growing up with a large family garden. Fertilizer came from the farm down the street and crops were shared with family and neighbors. Her parents composted, canned, and made their own applesauce and baked goods.

Having relocated to Florida in 1971, she is a long-time Florida resident. She believes strongly that a clean environment and healthy food should be accessible to all. She loves hiking and cycling and has volunteered for Tidewell Hospice.

Joyce has a work background in accounting and has been a manager for many years. She brings to Transition Sarasota her organizational skills, energy, drive, and passion for health and the environment.

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