Audrey Paugh was born in the mountains of Alma, Colorado before living overseas in Eastern Europe, South East Asia, and Canada before returning home to Colorado in 2021. She received a Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Audrey has been involved in rural and urban food systems across the continent and is passionate about seeds, education, and supporting equitable local food systems, bridging the gap between nutrition and planetary health. Between 2021-2023, she worked as the Project Specialist for Cultivating Farmers and Ranchers that Thrive (USDA BFRDP) with Valley Food Partnership, in partnership with Colorado State University, Holistic Management Institute, and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU). In this role she also worked on the planning committee for the Western Colorado Soil Health Food & Farm Forum. She is also part of the 2022-2023 cohort for the Colorado Water Fellowship through the National Young Farmers Coalitions. Between 2021 to present, Audrey has been the Marketing & Networking Specialist for the Colorado Grain Chain, in partnership with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs-Sustainability Wellness & Learning (SWELL), RMFU, and CU Boulder (USDA FMPP). The Colorado Grain Chain (CGC) is a membership based non-profit organization that seeks to link stakeholders across the landscape of grains in Colorado while expanding the marketplace for locally sourced Colorado Grown Grains. In the theme team she seeks to to support efforts for climate-smart, diversified value-added grain market opportunities.