Leslie Touzeau grew up in Columbia, Missouri, in a small house outside of town where she first developed a passion for gardening and cooking. After receiving her B.A. in art history and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, she worked for eight years as a vegetable farmer. This experience made her familiar with not only the production of food, but also the challenges of distribution and the significance of community development. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Rural Sociology and hopes to use her skills to promote positive food choices in rural and urban communities, lend support to minority farmers, and develop urban and community gardens in places with little access to healthy fruits and vegetables.