Podcast 40: Tanya Torp on East End Community, Food and Justice (With A Little Bit of Homegrown Protein Added In)
Tanya Torp works to make central Kentucky better with the fervor and energy of the proverbial sixth generation native—but in fact she is "part Virginian," has lived in both eastern and western coastal states as well as New Mexico, and has a special corner of her heart reserved for Uganda. She and her husband, attorney Christian Torp, have developed distinctive ways of making themselves at home in Lexington's East End, including deep commitment to neighborliness and a great deal of effort to improve their neighbors' food availability and quality.
During this show, Tanya described the origin of the famous pancake and waffle breakfasts she and Christian host on Saturday mornings, and told the story of launching the GleanKY ambassador effort, now linked with F&D's Market across from her house (see a new story about that here.) She described the ways her interests in food justice thread through her work mentoring young teen mothers in Step by Step, Inc., as well as Be Bold, the girl empowerment initiative Tanya founded. She reflected on the uses and challenges of public recognition—2016 has brought Tanya both the University of Kentucky's A. S. Sullivan Medallion and the Plantory's Lauren K. Weinberg Humanitarian Award. She identified areas of promise and hope—shout-out to Seedleaf's SEEDS—and yes, listeners, we did get to talk just a wee bit about her adventures (or misadventures, described here) as a Substitute Urban Farmer when Christian travels (chickens. . . yummy bunnies . . . sweet bees.)
Enjoy the show and enjoy Tanya—a force for positive good and justice in our world.