Hayly’s niche and passions span the overlap between creating sustainable food system connections, inspiring ecological consciousness, and improving the quality of life through community development. She is a systems thinker who is passionate about cultivating healthier communities and human-environment relationships. Food is her force for change as it is located at the crux of many of the social, health, environmental and economic issues we currently face, and therefore has the potential to be an incredibly powerful part of the solutions. She plans to be a leader in the reformation of regional and global food systems in order to achieve a symbiotic relationship between agricultural industry and the surrounding ecological systems. Her goal is to create food systems where environmental integrity, food justice and food security are the primary profits in order to ensure a healthy and sustainable livelihood for future generations.
Hayly is currently a student in Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences studying Plant Sciences- Agroecology. Her journey began as an enthusiastic high school horticulture student helping to organize and implement Farm to School Programming across her school district and is now continuing this pattern through her efforts as part of the Student Farm Initiative at Penn State. She loves all things green and photosynthetic, can talk about flower anatomy for hours, and gets super jazzed about native pollinators. To get to know her a bit better, check out her website (http://sites.psu.edu/haylyhoch), connect with her through email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or invite her to your next potluck!