The connection of people to their food and their place motivates Melissa weave together local food systems. A good, circular, economy provides sustenance and livable wages to its community. Such a local food economy floats resiliently through disturbances. It maximizes well-being with the minimum of consumption. Its adventures, tests, allies, ordeals and transformation hold narrative traction.

Storytelling is how we learn, communicate and understand our world. Melissa applies her storytelling experience, from 6,000-word longform magazine features to 60-second radio news stories, to assist local food and ag entrepreneurs clarify their message to their community of customers. The classic Hero’s Journey story arc draws community into collective vision to achieve its sustainable food system. It roots food to landscape to people.


  • Food & Ag Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable Food System Weaver
  • Local Food Economy Development
  • Resilient Community Development
Melissa Hemken

Food System Weaver. Storyteller.


Cowboys & Indians
Savory Institute
Western Horseman
Farm Progress
Wind River Visitors Council
Eat Wyoming
Working Ranch
Central Wyoming College
Farm & Ranch
USDA Northwest Mountain Regional Food Business Center

Awards & Recognitions

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Honorable Mention

Recreation and Flora

Wyoming Wildlife Photo Contest

Livestock Publications Council

Honorable Mention

Published Editorial Photography

Congressional Award

Gold Medalist

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