Christina Couch is a first generation farmer, founder of Pura Farms in New Jersey, and the first student to access land through the RU Ready to Farm Business Incubator. Pura Farms is, at the surface, a specialty vegetable and herb operation, but dig a bit deeper and it reveals itself as the anchor of a much larger vision. Christina is building a more collaborative and localized food supply chain in New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic region. The Young Farmer Grant will not only support with startup costs for farm materials and supplies, but will allow Pura Farms to transform into a future aggregator in years to come. The support of the National Young Farmers Coalition and Chipotle will allow Pura Farms to bring products together from a myriad of producers to create a more consistent supply of truly local food, while uplifting the next generation of growers.