Laura grew up on a horse farm in the Willamette Valley countryside, with an abundance of local food and fresh cooking. Since moving to Bend in 2005, Laura has advocated for local food, farmers, and food justice. Her desire to increase access to and awareness of Central Oregon food and products attracted her to HDFFA. Her work and volunteer experience in food systems will vastly benefit HDFFA. She has a BS in Political Science and a minor in Sustainability from Portland State University.