Meet the core founders of the modern food swapping movement. These five ladies have spread the swap love across the US, Canada, and abroad by answering new hosts’ questions, describing food swapping to the media, and building communities around sharing food.
Food Swap Network Founders
Kate Payne is the blogger and author behind the book The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking (HarperCollins, April 2011). Kate co-founded the modern food swapping movement with Megan Paska (below) in Brooklyn with the advent of BK Swappers in March of 2010. She now lives in Austin, TX and hosts food/jar swaps and invites friends over often to watch and participate in canning adventures. She posts small-batch canning recipes, gluten-free baking projects, DIY cleaning ideas, and other creative home improvisations to her blog.
Emily Ho is a writer, educator, and consultant. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily writes about nature, culture, and food at her site Roots & Marvel and contributes to Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn. She is also a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap.
Bethany Rydmark is a landscape architect and an eighth generation Oregonian with an appetite for equitable, sustainable, and meaningful food. After finding her cupboards overloaded with experiments-gone-right, she co-founded Portland’s first food swap in 2010 as a way to diversify her pantry and mingle with neighbors. She shares her love of learning with friends at Sustainable Food for Thought.
Megan Paska is a Brooklyn, NY-based beekeeper, vegetable gardener, and chicken wrangler. She is also an instructor at learning facilities like the New York Botanical Gardens and 3rd Ward. When she doesn’t have her face buried in a bee hive or a book, she is a part-time farmer at Newton Farm Collective in West Kill, NY. You can read more about her life at Brooklyn Homesteader.
Kim Christensen is founder and co-organizer of the MPLS Swappers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This gluten-free foodie writes the popular allergy-friendly blog Affairs of Living. When she’s not swapping or blogging, Kim can often be found leading cooking and canning demonstrations, or participating in farm-to-table foods events around the Twin Cities area.