This is the sixth post in our NFRD Who's Who series, a collection of interviews with the fantastic leaders who will be speaking at the National Food Recovery Dialogue from April 2-4. Stay tuned – we'll be sharing more interviews as we count down to the NFRD.
Jenny Rustemeyer is a Leo Award-winning producer with Peg Leg Films, a tiny production company that makes socially conscious films to inspire big personal action. Along with her partner Grant, she produced "The Clean Bin Project", a documentary film and blog about a year-long competition to live zero waste. More recently, she spent 6 months living off discarded food and produced "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story", a film that won 13 festival awards, garnered more than 12 million trailer views on Facebook, premiered prime time on MSNBC, and has played in hundreds of communities around the world. A dedicated recycler, zero-waster, and community-builder, Jenny has collaborated on many public events including the first Feeding the 5000 food waste awareness event in Canada and a self-supported, 30-city, cross-country film tour by bicycle.
FRN: What are you looking forward to at the conference?
JR: Hearing real stories of what others are doing to combat food waste! (I may be a little star struck by the other keynote speakers.)
FRN: Why are you passionate about food recovery?
JR: Food is essential; having access to healthy food is a basic human right. Creating equity in the food system is the starting point for making a more equitable world.
FRN: Tell us your proudest professional accomplishment.
JR: Going from making a movie in our basement to being prime time on MSNBC. And conquering my fear of public speaking.
FRN: We like to have fun here, so here's a silly question. What's your spirit vegetable?
JR: My spirit vegetable is a carrot -- sweet, homegrown, and sometimes wonky.