Growing up in the Bronx, NY as the proud son of two immigrants from the Dominican Republic and Colombia, respectively, my connection to food began early and manifested itself mostly through my interactions with the grocery store that my folks have owned and operated for as long as I can remember. In moving to Putnam County and then going to school in Westchester County since the sixth grade, I was able to gain an appreciation for the variety of people and places that encompasses the state of New York. It wasn't until coming to Hobart and William Smith Colleges for undergrad that I was able to explore more parts of the state and, in particular, become familiar with the gem that is Geneva, NY in the idyllic Finger Lakes region. Having graduated from HWS with a bachelor's in Architectural Studies, I have had the opportunity to live and work in Geneva as an AmeriCorps VISTA researching the issues of food access and food insecurity in our community. You can usually find me playing soccer, hiking or running up the nearest hill, or cooking something new and exciting for my next meal.