Ella grew up on an organic lettuce farm, where she cultivated an early passion for local food systems, and especially the communities that make them flourish. She continued to nourish this passion through a bachelor’s degree in environmental science with a focus in land, water, and food security. Ella has spent several years as a garden and environmental educator and is passionate about facilitating connections between people, their food, and the places they call home. She now works for Groundwork RI and is the program coordinator for Harvest Cycle Compost, where she works to promote community composting as an embodiment of resilience that allows us to collectively build up our soils and strengthen our communities.