Hive Paonia Member Spotlight: Michelle Amiott


michelleMichelle Amiott is a Local Food Systems Innovator and Hive Host Bee.

A year ago, she was deep into a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer for the Valley Food Partnership, living and working in Montrose and Olathe. She loved her work in Montrose, but found herself wanting to be closer to the friendly faces and fertile soil of the North Fork Valley.

After months of straddling many worlds up and down I-133, she asked her employer for the freedom to work remotely and have more workplace flexibility. Her hard work was honored when her wish was granted. She relocated to the North Fork Valley (first living in Hotchkiss, now in Paonia) and started working from farms, libraries, coffee shops…and the Hive.

Promoted from Volunteer to full-time Development Director of the Valley Food Partnership, Michelle is leading local food projects that are creating a more healthy, vibrant community on the Western Slope. She’s currently busy developing a Western Slope Food Hub, coordinating a “FARMacy“, and organizing a “Eat Local Eat Healthy” restaurant initiative in Montrose, among other projects.

“Conversations about food are conversations about health, environment, economies, community, and family. We free ourselves when we feed ourselves!” Michelle says.

This Local Food Solutionary is igniting this important conversation for our community at the Hive and far beyond.

Read more about Michelle’s mission and work in the Hive Member Directory.

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