A move to Skowhegan after marrying opened Amber’s eyes to the joys and challenges of rural living. Rich with outdoor recreation, u-pick orchards, contra dances and affordable farmland, rural towns like Skowhegan have also been hurt by the loss of natural resource-based jobs. Motivated to help, Amber volunteered with the Main Street program and later co-founded the first conversation about revitalizing regional grain economies at the 2007 Kneading Conference. The Conference motivated Amber to find solutions and in 2012 she launched Maine Grains, Inc., a gristmill and local food hub in a renovated jailhouse, which has inspired positive ripple effects worldwide.