Emmanuela (Manu) Prigioni is an artist, regenerative grower, co-founder and coordinator of Farm It Forward, a social enterprise linking residents with unused land to young people passionate about growing local food based in the Blue Mountains. Her passion for socially engaged art and food growing was born in 2014 when she overcame postnatal depression through growing and restoring her home food garden, and reconnecting to place and community. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Media Arts and working as a part time lecturer at UNSW Art and Design, she completed a Full-Time Diploma of Permaculture at The National Environment Centre, TAFE Riverina Institute, a Milkwood Permaculture Design Course, and Permaculture Teacher Training with Rosemary Morrow. She also studied soil microbiology by completing studies under Doctor Elaine Ingham. Her work in the last 6 years has involved market gardening and coordinating social outreach and socially engaged urban farming in the Blue Mountains through the not-for-profit social enterprise Farm It Forward.