Barbara attended and graduated from Fargo Public Schools. The majority of Barbara’s childhood summers were spent with her grandmother and large extended family in the Twin Cities. Her family moved to Fargo when she was just a few years old.
Growing up in a large family, many stories of struggle and the ability to overcome the toughest of obstacles were passed down, and Barbara remembered them as she experienced domestic violence and food insecurity herself. Over the years, Barbara has used her various platforms to cultivate relationships that address needs in our community. This community focus and her role on the opening leadership team for the Co-op are why her current role as PRCF’s Development VISTA is important to her. This role will utilize her experiences with local media, performing arts, preschool teaching, ND PTA (Reflections Chair) Board, and Fargo Public Library Board to cultivate more tools to overcome barriers to healthy futures. Improving access to resources, including healthy local foods for all, is a passion of hers. As they say in her family, Mangia! (Let’s eat!) She hopes to develop the necessary systemic changes to ensure that hunger and food insecurities around ND no longer exist. She is a proud momma of a college-attending daughter who often volunteers time to help with the Community Fund.
Barbara keeps track of the budget for the community fund and develops partnerships with organizations that can support us financially or with in-kind donations of products or time. She has worked hard to develop and grow Prairie Roots Food Co-op’s Double SNAP program and is advocating and working on legislation to bring more fresh/local/ natural options into the WIC program so that Prairie Roots can participate in that important food access program.