Renee Pottle, Home Economist and Master Food Preserver

Name: Renee PottleRenee Pottle Home Economist

Occupation: Author and educator

Place of Residence: Kennewick, Washington

Background and Personal History: Growing up with a grandmother who put-up jars and jars of pickles, jam, and vegetables every year, Renee came early to food sustainability. She remembers helping her grandmother dig dandelion greens in the spring, pick wild alpine strawberries in the summer, and harvest green and yellow beans from the garden in the fall. In addition, Renee's mother was a wonderful cook who made all her meals from scratch and made sure her family had home-baked bread often. But it wasn’t until Renee's oldest child had a bad reaction to food additives that Renee got really serious about what and how her family eats. This interest led her to pursue an additional degree in Home Economics. She's a voracious reader and researcher and has extended her education to focus on nutrition and nutritious foods.

Today, Renee coaxes, forages, and grows as much food as she can in her little, ¼-suburban-acre, and then can, freeze, and dry it for a taste of summer in the middle of the winter. She's passionate about serving healthy, delicious, real food to her family.

Renee has designed several food-related courses for ages 12 to 112. Her academic background includes degree/certificates in Medical Technology, Home Economics/Business, and Instructional Design.

Current Projects: Writing a Gifts from the Kitchen booklet and designing several food sustainability classes.

Other Fun Facts: Renee's a Maine native who moved west nearly 20 years ago. She's married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children and six grandchildren.

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