I am a Nevada-native, and have called Reno home for years. As of last year, I own our home shared with my husband and our sweet 14-year-old Bengal kitty, Max. This area is so unique, providing a place for us to do all of the things we love: running, hiking, camping, exploring, growing our own amateur gardens each year, and enjoying the variety of seasons, each with a little bit of sun. You can be in the desert one moment, at a lake the next, and in between travel through a forest – an aesthetic I will never be tired of. Watching Reno evolve and transform is inspiring to me, given that we have such massive potential. Being a lifelong vegetarian, I was raised with a heightened awareness of how important homegrown and locally grown ingredients are, and how important it is to know what you are putting into your body. We have the opportunity right now to further educate and encourage the community to learn about all of these things, about their own values, about the co-op. I believe that contributing in any way is the key to that. Whether it is supporting and showing up, educating others, donating, providing hard work and dedication, or even just sharing ideas – you are giving something, and giving back to a cause that you care about. Personally, I care about Reno, I care about the Great Basin Community Food Co-Op and its invaluable place in this community, and I care that we all find our own way to make a difference as this Biggest Little City grows.