Tara is a Public Health Dietitian with Interior Health’s Healthy Communities program. Tara works in the Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary alongside local governments and community groups toward increasing community food security. Tara champions planning and policy development that supports preserving agricultural land, increasing food self-sufficiency, and honoring local food traditions. She is also an advocate for reducing poverty and systemic inequities that lead to hunger. Tara lives in Nelson. She loves all food based celebrations, cooking and eating well, and getting her hands in the dirt when she can.