Anna Andersson grew up in the Red River Valley of North Dakota, but now makes her home in Lund, Sweden. She says many places in the world feel like home – especially where she is part of a community, has an understanding of the natural space around her, and can speak the language. She holds degrees in Music and Psychology from the University of North Dakota and in Physical Geography from Lund University.
WWOOFing experiences on organic farms in Italy during summers in college awoke her interest in food systems and environmental sciences, which has since led her to working on a farm in Sweden for a year, studying courses within permaculture, agroforestry, and now earning her degree in physical geography. Besides work within agriculture, she has been involved in questions pertaining to local food systems and regional distribution of landrace grains from farmers to bakers in Sweden.
What drew you to work at TLI?
The unique and necessary work that the Land Institute is doing in changing the way we grow food and relate to the natural world. Also, being able to learn from such a diverse group of scientists and interns!
What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at TLI?
Occasionally I have bison in sight on my bike commute to work!
What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
I’m passionate about food- growing, foraging, preparing, and sharing it! I am also an avid choir singer and sauna enthusiast.
What is your motto / favorite quote?
“The heart must submit itself courageously to life’s call.” – Herman Hesse
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