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Candace Russo

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44 minutes


Sustainable agriculture, School gardens, Compost


Interview of Candace Russo by Kevin Foster in Corvallis, Oregon on May 31st, 2013.

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Candace Russo is originally from Michigan. Since 2011, she has been the garden manager for the Healthy Youth Program at Linus Pauling Institute in Corvallis, Oregon.


Candace Russo works at the Linus Pauling Institute, where she helps create composting programs. She also teaches sustainability classes at Corvallis High School. The first twenty minutes of the interview review the background and experiences that Russo had done in the past and how she transposes it into what she is currently working with, such as the National Science Foundation GK-12 Rural Science Education Program. Russo also works on the Healthy Youth Program, a program that focuses on childhood obesity--showing students how to maintain a vegetable garden and exercise with an emphasis on family structure. She then discusses the future goals of her programs and the main tasks involved within her career, such as grant writing.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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