Lauren Melodia is the Value Chain Manager at the Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE). Prior to managing this and CADE’s Dairy Farmer Support program, Lauren was a consultant at CADE for four years working with dairy farms on added value production, market research and developing community creamery opportunities. Lauren is based in New York City, where she has spent fifteen years starting and managing innovative community food projects. These include the Bed-Stuy Farm Share, a multi-farm multi-site CSA (community supported agriculture) with an explicit food sovereignty mission; Milk Not Jails, a marketing and distribution social enterprise putting money in the hands of farmers and power in the hands of the criminal justice movement; and Farmers of the World, a producer cooperative incubator serving immigrant farmers. Lauren is a certified cooperative developer with CooperationWorks!