Physical distancing and not seeing friends, family and co-workers can be difficult, but we sure are grateful for the safety and security of home. With Extension offices closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, staff members are sharing how their work has shifted and why they are grateful for home.
Nature-Based Economic Development State Specialist
Now that you are working remotely, how are you continuing to help New Hampshire residents?
I am continuing to teach my independent study course on Nature Economy to undergraduates but we now meet online via Zoom. The whole Community and Economic Development (CED) team has been gathering resources for businesses and communities about the indirect impacts of this global health crisis. We are now writing a weekly newsletter to share these resources as well as blogs about specific stories. I've also transitioned my in-person rail trail surveys (for the Statewide Economic Impact study of Rail Trails in partnership with NHDOT) to an online survey. I have ongoing research on community resilience in the northern three counties of NH. This feels even more relevant these days. I'm exploring how we can support communities with economic recovery and understanding how the economic impacts of our current situation will inform future decision-making. We have some community forums/meetings for our Downtowns & Trails work later this spring/early summer that will likely transition to a virtual format.
What are you currently reading or what reading do you recommend in your area of expertise for those distancing at home?
I re-shared some Nature Economy suggestions recently on social media. I love Blue Mind and the Nature Fix for understanding why nature has such a positive impact on our mental and physical well-being. Nature's Fortune is a favorite of mine that shows the connection between the natural world and our economy in really interesting and easy-to-understand case studies.
Are you listening to any good podcasts?
I really enjoy Outside/In and the Freakonomics podcasts.
Favorite at-home activity related to your area of expertise?
Bike riding or walking on trails near our house and then supporting a local business with a take-out order! Connecting nature and economy.
Favorite thing to do with your family at home?
Playing outside, reading together and weaving. I just got my kids lap looms from a NH company and they are awesome. Great non-screen activity for young and old and very relaxing!
Got a favorite meal to make?
We started getting deliveries from Three Rivers Farm Alliance of fresh veggies, meats and prepared foods. It is an amazing resource and example of an innovative approach to a crisis. We've been making salads and roasted potatoes. The spinach this week was amazing!