Jamie has worked off and on in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for 14 years. Over that time, he worked primarily on projects related to transportation and natural resource management. Jamie joined the Center for a Livable Future in 2010 and is excited to have the opportunity to apply his GIS background to a new subject, food systems. One of his first projects involves mapping Maryland's food environment, including where food is being produced, processed, and sold. He is also responsible for helping the Center and its partners analyze trends in Maryland's food system.
Through his work at the Center, Jamie has come to appreciate how complex the food system in Maryland is, even at the local level. He has found it challenging to present elements of the food system and how they are interconnected in a way that people can easily process and understand. Through a collaboration with Towson University, Jamie is developing an online food system map, which he believes it will be a useful tool for people to learn more about Maryland's food system.
Jamie says he has been motivated by the individuals and organizations he has encountered while working for the Center. Whether it is a grandmother trying to bring healthier food options to her neighborhood in Baltimore, a researcher trying to better understand the environmental impacts of a particular agricultural practice, or an educator simply helping her students learn where their food comes from, Jamie says each contribute to raising awareness about our food environment and move us closer to making better choices about our food.
Maryland Food System Mapping
"Mapping Maryland's food system will help residents visualize where their food comes from and the journey it takes from farm to plate."