Name: Alexandra "Sasha: Strokendhl
Shea & Kenna: What brought you to SA&FS?
Sasha: I wasn’t even sure I wanted to go to college. I was flirting with the idea of starting a restaurant. My newest idea is to start a fermentation café and have sourdough bread and kombucha and serve assorted pickles—pickled anything—I think it’d be so cool! All I need is people who don’t mind the smell of pickles!
My alter ego is this bully patrol lady, and I’m really big on being around good people and helping good people and helping people to become good people. It’s almost childish, but I think there’s something cool about calling an adult a bully.
I just want to be really careful about the people I end up working with and serving. I want to serve nice people who want it, people who enjoy food, want to have a connection with food—I don’t want to just provide for those who can pay for it.
S&K: What is your connection with food today?
Sasha: That’s a tricky question! It acts as so many different things for me. The actual act of cooking is still really prominent in my life but food has also brought me closer to people and growing food has also brought me closer to people. I associate food more with community than I ever have before, which is really cool, and I think that will definitely shape where I go in the future years. Feeding people, growing food for people, fermenting food with people.
S&K: Is there anything you wish had been present to help you find community within SA&FS?
Sasha: Yeah, that it’s okay to not know the answers. I think I felt very naïve, especially in comparison to some of the upper classmen in our major. I felt like they had all the answers and knew where they were going and I felt very sad about all the things I was learning regarding our food and system and I don’t have the answers and I don’t feel like I’m a big stakeholder. So I feel like if I could reassure myself that it’s okay to not know everything and to just be willing to learn. I’m still naïve; I’ve just accepted it and learned to work with it now.
S&K: Is there anything from SA&FS you think was missing?
Sasha: No. I’m not an idealist, I don’t like to think of what things could have been. I appreciate them for what they are and this major has been incredible. Now that everything has culminated, I’m so proud of everything we’ve done as a graduating class, and especially what we’re going to go out and do! I’m passionate about education and I know there are ways to promote sustainability outside of the traditional academic means.
S&K: What are your goals for the future?
Sasha: I just want to remain true to my ideals and my values. I don’t have solid future plans. Long term maybe starting a funky little café that features fermented food or starting a land based learning center. I’m still learning and absorbing, just in different ways.
Want to know more about Sasha? Read the full interview here.