Kayleigh Burgess

Kayleigh Burgess

Kayleigh Burgess is a Masters student at Indiana University, pursuing a dual degree in Journalism and Public Affairs. Her particular interests are in food, sustainability, and globalization. This student reporter fellowship on Global Food Issues is a great fit! Prior to joining her graduate program, Kayleigh worked as an environmental educator and community organizer, focused on issues of food security and sustainable agriculture. She currently writes at ageofplenty.wordpress.com. When not writing, she can often be found with a yoga mat, a great book, or basking in a sunny spot.

Recent Posts

Teaching Food in Europe: Notes From the Field of Food Studies, Part 2

The history of food in Europe is long and storied. Deeply rooted agricultural and place-based food traditions are now experiencing renewed attention, as global interest in food origins grows. In 1986, the Slow Food movement was founded in Italy as a protest against fast-food chain McDonald’s encroachment on historic sites in Rome. Slow Food is now a vast, grass-roots international organization. As the food movement has grown in Europe, opportunities to study food have also expanded.

WWOOF Korea: A Bridge of the Agricultural Past and Urban Modernity

With members and hosts in almost 100 countries, there is very little international oversight for WWOOF. Instead, it is truly grassroots, with national WWOOF organizations in over 50 countries, and 45 more countries with independent hosts who are willing to take on volunteers. For a national membership fee, volunteers get access to anywhere from a few dozens to over 2,000 in-country hosts. After that, no money, not a single dollar, changes hands.

Radio Program in Ghana Supports Farmers on the Front Lines of Climate Change

PRIMUKYEAE, Ghana — A new eight-month radio program focused on helping farmers adapt to climate change began in this agricultural community last month.

The program was created through an international partnership between the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the German Technical Cooperation and Farm Radio International (FRI). It will broadcast throughout the district of Kintampo, in Brong Ahafo, a region of Ghana that accounts for 75 percent of the country’s agricultural production. The program focuses on providing climate-smart agriculture tips, market information and weather forecasts.