Who am I? The name’s Orchard, Rachel Orchard. I am a 24 year old who, like most 20-somethings, is discovering her place in this world – slowly and anxiously, but surely nonetheless.  I graduated from Boston University with a degree in biology and aim to get involved in the field of food justice and development of sustainable food systems.  I spend as much time as possible outdoors, have two insane dogs that drive me crazy but whom I love anyways, and dedicate a little too much of my brain power towards thinking about what I am going to eat next.  My absolute favorite thing is to travel and learn about other cultures through food.

Why “Orchard e Orto”? Because “ortoeorchard” looks too much like “toe”.  No, I’m kidding (slightly…).  I chose this name for a few different reasons. Orto translates to “orchard” in Italian.  Why Italian? Italian culture is a huge part of my life, and I’ve fallen in love with the Italian-way of cooking.  My favorite recipes use simple ingredients in a way nature intended them – it’s amazing what eating seasonally and using a little olive oil can do!  I decided on the name of this blog not just because of my namesake, but also of what an orchard represents.  An orchard is a symbol of nature, growth, and the source of so many foods we love and depend on.  It is natural, vibrant, and simple – orchards grow food, and we eat that food.  In my opinion, that is how our food system should be.

This blog is meant to follow my journey with food, highlighting some of my favorite Italian-inspired recipes and my own way of contributing to a more sustainable and transparent food system – for the sake of our own health and the health of our environment.

I hope you enjoy reading.  Grazie mille, e mangiamo!

(P.S. Follow me on Instagram at @orchardeorto 🙂 )