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Kristen Nilsson Farley
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Kristen Nilsson Farley teaches Environmental Science at Pasadena City College and also works as a public health consultant for nutrition-related school and community programs. She has a PhD in Earth Science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UC San Diego) and a Masters in Public Health in Nutrition from UMass Amherst. She particularly enjoys teaching and writing about issues and activities that take place at the intersection of Environmental Science and Public Health: food and agriculture, alternative transportation, and access to open space.

Kristen and her family enjoy Pasadena’s proximity to the glorious San Gabriel and Sierra Nevada mountains; she is an avid trail runner, ultramarathoner, and backpacker. She lives with her husband, Ken, and they have two college-aged sons and two energetic dogs. Ken grows copious amounts of food where there used to be a lawn; Kristen does her best to cook, dehydrate, ferment, and preserve it all; and everyone enjoys eating it.

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Parkway Gardening: Am I Even Allowed To Do It?

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 2:46 PM

Thanks to Ron Finley and other "guerilla gardeners" people all over Los Angeles are talking about growing edibles on those little strips of land between the sidewalk and the street. (If you haven't seen Finley's TEDTalk, you owe yourself 11 minutes of inspiration.) The advantages to growing edibles...

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What Message Are You Sending in That Care Package?

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 9:34 PM

"Thanks for the cookies!!! Pretty much made my day."

My son is a freshman at a college across the country, and I got that text from him a few weeks ago. Sending a box of goodies is about as out of character as this nutrition mom could get, but sending...

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Using Food to Teach About the Environment -- and Vice Versa

(10) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 8:27 PM

For someone like me, who thinks and reads about food all the time, it is hard, if not impossible, to ignore the prevalence of news reports about the detrimental effects of our food choices on the environment. Recently the buzz centered on food waste, methane release, and the...

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