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Behind the Conference: Christi Hansen

Christi Hansen, R.D. of Hungry Heart Farm and Dietary Consulting will be speaking during the Prevention Kitchen: An Introduction to Culinary Nutrition Saturday Session.

What role do you play in the local, organic food movement?

My partner, Matthew Bagshaw, and I own and operate an organic vegetable farm in South Metro Atlanta. In that role, I literally contribute food and land stewardship to the movement. I’m also a Registered Dietitian and use that position to educate patients and clients about how following guidelines to eat well while also supporting local food producers is both delicious and doable.

Why are you excited to present about your topic and what are some key takeaways attendees will get from your session?

I see a lot of patients in my clinical practice who see eating well as a chore or punishment. I love that this nutrition education session has a culinary component and I hope people leave with a better understanding of the rationale and foundations of healthy eating so they can incorporate healthy food into their daily routines in ways that work for them– and supports their local farmers!

What is your vision for the future of organic farming in Georgia?

I would like to see organic farming in Georgia go back to just being farming in Georgia. That it returns to being the normal way of growing and producing food instead of something outside of “conventional practices.”

What about the Georgia Organics conference do you look forward to the most?

I attended my first Georgia Organics Conference 9 years ago when I was just starting my pre-requiste science classes for my dietitian program while also making cheese with Mary Rigdon at Decimal Place Farm. I was there on a scholarship and the whole experience of being around that many people who were lit up about food and sustainable growing practices blew my mind. It was just something I had started getting into, I remember how exciting it was to learn about the larger community that existed around that. It’s such an honor to be invited to present and I’m looking forward to (hopefully) exciting other people about eating well and being part of a larger good food movement.

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