Alexandria Huber is a current senior at UNC-CH studying Public Policy and Environmental Science. She is passionate about sustainable food systems which has led her to be director of a local food education student organization, FLO Food, receive a fellowship and study farmers’ markets in Europe, volunteer at local farmers’ markets and study food waste at Georgetown University with a REU. Her latest project focuses on the financial sustainability of small-scale farms in the Durham and Orange county. Throughout the year she will interview farmers on their current financial sustainability and factors that have led to successes to help create a better understanding of how best to financially support small, local farms. The project will culminate in her senior honor’s thesis in April of 2017. She is grateful for the support of the Carolina Global Food Program Scholarship and the Public Policy department at UNC.
“When I saw the description for The Carolina Global Food program, I was overwhelmed by the possibilities presented by the open-ended nature of the project. As an interdisciplinary studies student with a focus on food studies, however, my whole major is based on a strong sense of self-direction as well as the trust of professors who are mentoring and supporting me through my studies. The Carolina Global Food program is a huge testament to the trust the Carolina puts in its students. I’m honored to be involved in the first year of this program.
My research project is on Southern identity and the use of barbecue to express and exploit that identity. I’m conducting oral histories in North Carolina, New York City and Berlin, Germany with pit-masters, chefs and restaurant owners who are involved in barbecue restaurants. As a southerner who has lived inside and outside the South, this project is deeply personal to me, and will certainly be profound both academically and personally.”