I moved to the Yampa Valley in 2014 and started volunteering for a local ag non-profit, the Community Agriculture Alliance. My interest of local food grew into a passion and is now the north-star of my career path. At the Ag Alliance, I worked my way from a volunteer to Program Coordinator and enjoyed my tenure with the organization working with local food sales, coordinating ag tourism events, and helping local producers with all aspects of production. I have worked on farms and ranches across the valley, including Elkstone Farm and Mystic Hills Farmstead, connecting with food at the source. I also serve as a Regional Food Coordinator for Hunger Free Colorado, fostering the connection between food insecurity and local food resources. In 2021, I started my own business, Rose West, which specializes in local food marketing, resources, and aggregation. All of these aspects speak to each other to give me the pleasure to dedicate my life to agriculture. I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge of Northwest Colorado ag to the steering committee, especially my interest and expertise in meat production and sales.