Posted on January 29, 2011 - by

A FRESH Voice: Introducing Crystal Cun

Photo: J. Ake

About a year ago, I sat in a darkened screening room for FRESH at the Family Farmed Expo convention in Chicago. On the screen was a fecund clump of dirt, writhing with dozens of rosy worms. “Black gold,” said farmer Will Allen, as he gently returned the earth to its place. The message was undeniable: healthy soil is the most valuable gem we can have, for our planet, for ourselves and for generations to come.

My name is Crystal Cun, and I am thrilled to be a new writer for the FRESH blog. Over the next few months, I plan to write about issues in sustainable living, faces and places involved in the good food movement, and what you can do to make a difference in the world.

Currently, I am wrapping up my master’s degree in Food Culture and Communication at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. At the university, I study and research ways to promote sustainable food systems, fight the hegemony of fast food culture, and bring the public closer to the sources of their diet. I’ll be reporting from Europe for a few more weeks, then moving to New York in March. For more information on my work for the past year, you can check out Lady Parmalade.

In my past lives, I studied economics at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, then worked in economics research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. For the requisite character-building experience, I have also done stints in restaurants and hotels as a professional napkin folder, room service cart runner and smoothie maker. Last summer, I spent some time volunteering through WWOOF on a cattle farm in Tuscany, where I learned about welding, Australian folk music and how to look for shooting stars.

I apologize in advance for any bad puns about to come your way.

Do let me know if you have any remarks, suggestions, or food offerings by leaving comments on the blog, or sending an email to



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