As a Community Food System VISTA at Blue Mountain Action Council, Bethany is focusing on increasing access to local produce which includes continual building upon a robust and efficient local food system. A large part of her work involves capacity building such as deepening current relationships with key partners and growing new partners and volunteers. She is also working on a food system project assessment, a nutrition plan, recipe database and informational flyers such as nutrition tips, storage checklist, and a list of produce access resources. Additionally, she is supporting the coordination of the Farm to Food Pantry Program and development of systems and workshops with community partners to increase food security in Walla Walla, Washington.
Bethany Brown has recently retired from state service in California, working in the accounting field. Bethany was born and raised in Orange County practically living at Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm as well as body surfing at the various beaches. Bethany raised her daughter in Northern California, exploring the wine country and nature trails. For the last five years she lived on a ranch with horses, goats, chickens, sheep, donkeys and of course, dogs and cats. It is here that she rekindled her love of gardening, especially fruit trees and herbs.