Kassia Rudd is an M. Ed. candidate at the University of Washington. Her studies are centered on sustainable urban gardening and food access. She received her BA from Smith College in Environmental Geoscience (2011), and went on to conduct research for the Environmental Protection Agency and Alfred-Wegener Institute. She is now pursing a career in garden education, working to support schools and independent gardens/farms in aligning small-scale sustainable agriculture with state standards. Her purpose is to increase access to healthy produce through urban gardens, empowering people to take charge of personal and local environmental health by growing their own food.