NNC- BFBL Coordinator Featured in “The Lafayette” Alumni Spotlight

Alum Spotlight: Madeline Squarcia ’22 connects consumers to growers

Madeline Squarcia ’22 works to make ‘farm to table’ a reality. (Photo courtesy of Madeline Squarcia ’22)

Madeline Squarcia ‘22 wants you to care about buying from local farms. She just didn’t expect her career to revolve around food systems.

Squarcia is the project lead for Buy Fresh Buy Local Greater Lehigh Valley, a non-profit run by the Nurture Nature Center in downtown Easton that aims to connect Lehigh Valley residents with local farmers.

However, Squarcia’s career almost went in a very different direction. She started as a civil engineer, but while she enjoyed the problem-solving aspect of the field, she noted that a civil engineering internship after her freshman year “drained” her.

She was exposed to the idea of the global food system for the first time in her first-year seminar “Feeding the World.”

“I think something struck in my brain,” Squarcia said. “I got really excited that that topic, of things like food that we all interact with, had such a wide-reaching impact.”

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