BENEFITING: Ecological Farming Association
Photos: Bryson Malone and Sara Kross
Follow Cauri's Trail Prep!
Creating Sustainable Food Systems
Cal Poly graduate, Cauri Hammer, plans to hike 200 miles of the John Muir Trail that runs through the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain range from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. She is passionate about living simply, filling her days with learning and adventure. She believes in leading a healthy, active life, fueled by nutritious, sustainably produced food. By taking on this exciting challenge, she hopes to raise awareness about the many benefits of eating locally-grown food. She has spent a lot of time working in San Luis Obispo’s local food system and has developed a passion for understanding and teaching about where food comes from.
Cauri hopes to raise money for the Ecological Farming Association. The Ecological Farming Association is a non-profit educational organization that, for over three decades, has facilitated the inception and continued development of an ecologically sustainable and just food and farming system. EcoFarm’s mission is to nurture safe, healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable farms, food systems, and communities by bringing people together for education, alliance building, advocacy, and celebration.
Local Produce for Trail Fuel
Sustenance is key during the exertion that constitutes a hiker’s daily life while on the John Muir Trail. Cauri will be creating her own backpacking meals using locally grown food items from Marin and Sonoma. Cauri hopes to prepare a nourishing meals to fuel her adventure. Lightweight, easy-to-store meals are important for this trip because every ounce counts when you are carrying everything you need on your back! She will be dehydrating food and separating each serving into individual packets, so that the meals can be easily made with a bit of hot water while on the trail. In addition to monetary contributions to EcoFarm, Cauri hopes to gather local produce and food item donations to put into her recipes. If you are or happen to know a Marin producer who would like to contribute, please contact Cauri!
Any of the following items will be accepted:
Any recipe ideas are also much appreciated! Cauri will be departing in late July and hopes to reach the highest peak in the contiguous U.S., Mt. Whitney, within three weeks.
What is the JMT?
The John Muir Trail is located in Central California in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Beginning in Yosemite Valley, the trail travels 210.4 miles south to its terminus atop Mount Whitney; the trail effectively ends 10.6 miles later at the Mount Whitney Portal near Lone Pine, CA. The trail is known for it’s majestic scenery, numerous rugged high passes, and significant elevation changes. The JMT visits some of the crown jewels of America’s park system: Yosemite, John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.