Laura M. Ridenour has been working to change the food system from farm gate to plate since 1994, when she first worked on a farm and as processor/handler certification assistant at California Certified Organic Farmers. Laura’s passion for the culture of agriculture and fresh from scratch food is deep-rooted and began early in her life, inspired by her family’s farming roots and her father, an organic soy food entrepreneur. By the time she turned 21, Laura was already a veteran of natural foods trade shows, product development and marketing.
Laura holds a MA in sociology, a BA in food systems and social change, and a certificate in organic farming and ecological horticulture. She is a lecturer on the topics of food policy, direct marketing, food system development and consumer engagement. Currently, she serves as a member-owner representative on the board of directors at the Bellingham Community Food Co-op and is chair of the Co-op’s microloan and grant program, The Farm Fund.
As the Non-GMO Project Communications Manager, Laura focuses on team-based strategic project management related to communications and public relations. Outside of work, she is a proud momma and spends as much time as possible in the community and outdoors, teaching her son about ecology, the art of being human and eating for life.