Ellie Portillo

Ellie Portillo
Mentor: Dr. Paul Ortiz
Liberal, Arts & Sciences
"I was an intern for the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida during my junior year. During my internship, I learned first hand that oral histories were a powerful way to capture an aspect of the history and human experience that should not be overlooked. I felt that through this I was exposed to certain research methods that I could use to discover more about the origins and impacts of the Local Food Movement. "


Political Science



Research Interests

  • Locavore Movement
  • Oral Histories
  • North Central Florida

Academic Awards

  • 2013/ Florida International Center Scholarship Recipient
  • 2011-13/1st Presbyterian Choral Scholar
  • 2012-14/ National Society of Collegiate Scholars


  • 2014/Reitz Leisure Program at UF


  • Summer 2014 AsociaciĆ³n Sor Maria Romero Volunteer in Granada, Nicaragua
  • 2005-2010 Junior Volunteer for the UF Natural History Museum
  • 2012 Volunteer for the Democratic Party

Hobbies and Interests

  • Painting
  • Soccer
  • Playing piano and guitar
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Research Description

Uncovering the Origins of the North Central Florida Locavore Movement: An Oral History
I will be conducting a study on the proponents of local farming and distribution during the year 2014/2015. More specifically, I will be addressing how the Locavore Movement has grown in the recent years in the North Central Florida area. The Locavore movement promotes the effort to create locally based, self sufficient food economics. Further, it promotes a food economy that supports sustainable food production, processing, distribution and consumption that will enhance the economic, environmental and social health of a specific place. I will be researching why the Locavore movement has originated and developed. I also will explore the many intersections it has with trends in agriculture. These will include sustainability, community gardens and food sovereignty.