Volunteer Spotlight- Danika Pariseau
October 2, 2016
Danika Pariseau’s interest in farms took root in her childhood where her grandparents owned and operated a large conventional fruit orchard in central Washington next to the confluence of three rivers.
She attended college and studied history with a minor in dance. As part of her training, she participated in a study abroad program in Italy. It was there that she was exposed to a culture where food is central to the daily rhythms of life. Each day, people would go to the market and purchase food for their meals. The freshness of the food and care that went into preparing it awakened her taste buds to the flavors that well-prepared foods offer.
That experience sparked her interest in cooking using local, fresh ingredients. When she relocated to Coeur d’Alene from Spokane, she found it difficult to source locally grown food in spite of our being surrounded by farms. It was out of that desire that she found the INWFN. Having been raised in big ag, Danika believes there is a place for large farms that produce food for the masses and smaller, local farms, but that we need to find a balance between the two.
Professionally, Danika works as an Interactive Art Director for Hanna Advertising in Coeur d’Alene. A self-taught designer, she had the good fortune to work along side a very talented designer-mentor at a previous job at an e-commerce company. That experience, combined with her natural eye for design/beauty, led her to her current position.
Danika also has a penchant for photography, a talent that she has used as a volunteer for the INWFN. She has captured many magical moments at our Seasonal Kitchen cooking classes and at the Ranch to Table Dinner, and has also advised us on several marketing-related questions. She enjoys volunteering because it gives her the opportunity to combine her photography skills while also learning about cooking and/or spending time on farms.
In her spare time, Danika enjoys spending time outdoors in our region – hiking, fly fishing, camping, and paddle boarding, and spending time with her family. We are grateful that she has chosen to give some of her time (and talents!) to us. Thank you Danika!