Meet Our New Director of Development and Programs, Brandon Nida

June 16, 2016  

Getting to know Brandon Nida.

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Where are you from?

I’m from Salt Rock, WV

Where were you before joining the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition?

I was in Baltimore for two years before joining the WVFFC, working on economic development and alternative finance issues. Before that I was moving back and forth between Berkeley, CA and the southern coalfields here in WV.

What is your fondest memory of West Virginia?

I have so many, most of them revolve around mountains, friends, and music.

What do you look forward to most about being back in West Virginia?

The things I look forward to most is being around my friends and family. I also really look forward to transforming the economy here in WV, starting with our food systems. I want to see local farmers flourish and residents eat their healthy food!

If you were a vegetable, which would you be and why?

If I were a vegetable, it would be a tomato. I know tomatoes are technically a fruit, but I don’t care I love them. I can stand in a tomato field with a handful of salt and go to town all day. So watch out tomato farmers.

What is your ideal long weekend, with an unlimited budget?

My ideal weekend would either be traveling to a country I haven’t been to, or going to a music festival in the mountains with my best friends.

What are you listening to on your morning drive?

I usually listen to Bloomberg radio if it is available, if it is not then NPR. I also like good old fashioned rock and roll, so sometimes I’ll listen to that very loudly.

What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal is spaghetti. It is simple, but I love it. I put a bunch of cheese and vegetables in it, and I don’t want to brag but my spaghetti is the best in the world. In. the. world.

If you could share a meal with any person, deceased or alive, who would it be?

If I could eat a meal with one person, it would be Albert Camus, who is my favorite philosopher.