Varia Garon made her way to D.C. from California, having grown up in San Diego and attended college in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has fond memories of cacti and redwoods, but is fascinated by her new natural and urban settings in the DMV. Varia developed an interest in environmental sustainability and food justice while completing her Master’s degree in Philosophy at San Francisco State University. She is excited to work on the Food Recovery Verified program as a way of building community ties that reduce food waste. She is passionate about working towards systemic changes that sustain thriving communities. When she isn’t trying to turn her apartment into a greenhouse (emphasis on trying), she is reading or taking walks that conveniently lead to an ice cream shop.