Asha Nelson has diverse experience working in community development and community-based research with a special focus in the food and farming sector. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with an advanced degree in Global Political Economy where she developed a passion for food sovereignty as an alternative to the global industrialized food system. This led her to participate in several research projects under the supervision of food sovereignty scholar, Dr Annette Desmarais. Outside of academia, she’s volunteered on several urban and small agricultural projects which have enriched her understanding of the food system. She is the projects coordinator of Fireweed Food Co-op where she does a bit of everything but is currently focused on the producer side of their flagship food hub project.