Laura joins the BFFC team after three years with Haley House, collaboratively managing the direct services of their soup kitchen and urban farm while living in an intentional community. Laura carries the lessons and relationships from her time at Haley House as a testament to the power of food in creating community and the ability to live out the world we want to see in daily practice. She grew up gardening with her dad and grandparents in northern New Jersey and graduated from Boston University in 2015, where she majored in Cultural Anthropology and used the major to explore cross-cultural experiences around agriculture, environmental justice, and health. As a student, Laura was involved with a rooftop greenhouse on campus and coordinated service-learning for students to engage with urban environmental work. She also spent multiple years organizing with Real Food Challenge to shift institutional food purchasing and train young people to be the next generation of food systems leaders. These experiences and the relationships she created with community partners were formative in fostering a vision of food justice that centers place-based work and the connection between communities, consumers, producers, and the environment. Laura is excited to bring this conviction to BFFC and to learn from the community we create together. When not working, Laura loves cooking and sharing meals, crafting, writing and reading poetry, and lounging in sunny city parks.