Becky Blystone is a Masters candidate in Anthropology of Health and the Environment at the University of Colorado Denver. Becky earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia, where she majored in Anthropology and Telecommunications. Her interests lie in community health and engagement, urban food systems, food security, and food justice.
Becky worked for a property management company, participating in urban food garden construction on a number of multi-unit properties. Currently, Becky is working with UC Denver’s Food Systems Research Group and the Mile High Business Alliance as a research assistant. Awarded a grant from the Colorado Trust, these groups are working towards building a sustainable, just, and prosperous local food system for Colorado. This unique partnership is facilitating a multi-step convening process of stakeholder engagement, network building, and problem-solving to establish a healthy and resilient food economy for Colorado.
In her work with the FSRG and MHBA, Becky aims to educate herself and others on the intricacies and dynamics of a robust local food economy and how participatory decision-making empowers individuals and communities. Furthermore, Becky seeks to document and understand the processes involved in developing and sustaining a local food economy. Becky hopes to provide a framework for other communities to address the obstacles they face in cultivating their own food system. Throughout this research, Becky strives to enable the health and happiness of communities by increasing their engagement with and access to fresh foods.