International Women's Day 2019 – Laura

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It’s International Women’s Day and we thought we would celebrate this by celebrating some of the amazing women who work for the Cooking Company.  Meet Laura.  Laura manages the Folk House Cafe (soon to be Bowl of Plenty at The Folk House).  She is thoughtful, very organised and uber calm. She also has a bit of thing about fungi and growing food, and really rocks a beret.

 

Role with the Cooking Company: 

Folk House Cafe Manager (soon to relaunch as Bowl of Plenty at the Bristol Folk House)

 

How many people are managed by you? 

11

 

What does an average day at work look like? 

I like to arrive early open up the curtains put music on and help my team in the daily set up of the cafe, chat with chef about what will be on the daily menu and then I turn my attention to the admin tasks: from banking to event organising, doing the rota, responding to emails from customers and suppliers and during busy lunch times I jump into service with the team.

 

What would you like to see happen in the world in the next year? 

I would like to see a move towards Agroecology (the study of ecological processes applied to agricultural production systems) becoming the norm. I believe if we get our food systems right everything else will fall into place.

 

Who are you in another life (fiction or non-fiction)? 

A flying squirrel who inhabits the sequoia trees of the Pacific.

 

Who is your heroine? 

Any one who is brave enough to live their truth. 

 

What book are you currently reading? 

Mycorrhizal Planet by Michael Phillips (How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility).

 

How does it feel to be a strong woman in the workplace, and particularly in this role? 

This company has some very interesting and intelligent people onboard who all share a passion for quality, well produced and ethically sourced food, working each day with this team to create the best experience for our customers and building opportunities for the future workforce of Bristol is immensely rewarding!

 

What is your super power?

Making Tea ;)

Liz Haughton