In today’s episode we talk with Sarah Weiner, the Executive Director of the Good Food Awards Foundation and Mark Carlson, the Committee Co-Chair of the Honey Category. Sarah brings a global perspective to her position having worked with Slow Foods...
In today’s episode we talk with Sarah Weiner, the Executive Director of the Good Food Awards Foundation and Mark Carlson, the Committee Co-Chair of the Honey Category. Sarah brings a global perspective to her position having worked with Slow Foods International in Italy and the US, produced the Organic Food Festival in the UK, and has co-founded seedling projects. In his spare time, Mark is a California State Beekeepers Association Master Beekeeper and a Chemist at Micro-Tracers, Inc.
They both sat down with us recently to talk about the Good Food Awards Foundation and what it takes to gain recognition as one of the best honeys in the contest. You can enter honey in the liquid or naturally crystalized category, comb, or creamed categories. Good Food Awards divides the USA into five regions with winners from each region, recognizing the wide variety of honey across the US.
Find out what you need to know and how to become one of the Best Honey Ever winners with us this time. You’ll be glad you came along for the sweetest, best tasting podcast you’ve ever heard.
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Prior to co-founding the Good Food Foundation, Sarah worked side by side with the sustainable food movement’s visionaries across the globe. Fresh out of college, as the Director of Communication for the Slow Food International Office in Italy, she was immersed in the roots of the food movement before heading to California to become Alice Waters’ “Girl Friday” (in Alice’s words). Next she spearheaded the development of the first large scale U.S. sustainable food event, Slow Food Nation with 85,000 guests, then went on to produce the 20,000 person Organic Food Festival in Bristol, England for the Soil Association, which enjoyed the patronage of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. Subsequently she helped launch the first Sips & Suppers annual fundraiser with Alice Waters, Joan Nathan and Jose Andres, as an answer to President Obama’s call for a day of service before his first inauguration. To date, it has raised over $4.5 million for organizations addressing food insecurity through a sustainability lens in our nation’s capital.
Mark graduated with the inaugural class of 2016 California Master Beekeepers. He also served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador from 2005 to 2007 and kept Africanized honey bees as part of his agriculture/forestry extension work. Mark currently works as a Senior R&D Chemist at a small, private laboratory and he is interested in honey testing, especially identification of unique nectar sources.
Mark's bee-related outreach involves mentoring new beekeepers, teaching introductory beekeeping classes, presenting at beekeeping associations, volunteering at pollinator-themed public and school events, writing blog articles and collaborating on various honey-related committees (e.g. Good Food Awards).
Since the first year of the Good Food Awards Honey Category in 2016, he has contributed as a committee chair, committee member or volunteer.