× Expand Laura Zastrow Ellen Barnard. × Expand Dynamic Developer: Creating sustainable projects that benefit the community. "It would be easier to list what parts of the project I haven't been a part of," Ellen Barnard confesses of her involvement with the new Barnard says the idea came out of asking the community what it needed. She took on surveys and feasibility studies. She was there through design and site selection, fundraising and grant writing. "I was the constant, the fulcrum," says Barnard, "but there were literally hundreds of volunteers. I was just the one who kept the crazy ball of yarn together." And she herself was a volunteer. Barnard, who along with her partner owns four businesses, including A Woman's Touch, has a background in social work, not business. "But many pieces of business are social work. It's all about getting the right people at the table," she says. Barnard will remain involved in FEED as a fundraiser, but also as a user. She and her partner are launching Farm 2 Fork, to help farmers process their excess produce so "it doesn't end up in the compost heap." While the FEED Kitchens will create jobs and opportunities for new businesses, for Barnard, it also demonstrates how business is a social enterprise within the community. "I thank the FEED project for teaching me so much, that I will use, for whatever comes next."