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Woman cooking with a pot

As part of her senior Honors thesis, Dr. Snodgrass’ Colorado State University Honors Program student, Madison Brandt, has created and self-published an ethnographic cookbook.

For this book, Madison cooked with and interviewed the people and chefs of Fort Collins (both professional and non-professional) to document their food, recipes, lives, communities, and culture. The book really captures something distinctive about Fort Collins and its food culture, and has a lot of tasty recipes.

To find out more about Madison’s work, and to gain some insights into the dimensions of her research, visit her website:

All proceeds from book sales go to Friends of Happy Heart Farm, a non-profit working with Happy Heart Farm CSA providing free farm shares to about 35 low-income families in Fort Collins each year.

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“I worked at Second Nature Wilderness Therapy for a year and a half. During this time, I worked with at risk adolescents who have been sent by their parents (some are adjudicated) to the wilderness in eastern Utah in hopes that they will learn better communication skills, among other things. We teach them survival skills helping them cultivate empathy, accountability, responsibility, and assertive communication. In my time at Second Nature, I attained the level of a Senior Field Instructor. – Josh Bassarear



“I am working as a program manager for San Antonio Youth Literacy (SAYL). SAYL runs a tutoring program paring community volunteers with second graders behind in reading. The point of the program is to get kids on track by third grade where major research shows that struggling readers begin to fall behind in all course areas eventually affecting graduation rates and future success. I monitor the program implementation at 34 elementary schools and three community centers. I am also working on my Master’s in Public Administration at St. Mary’s University focusing on local government and urban planning. I hope to transition over to work in the public sector following graduation.” – Colton Powell

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