Lauren “Lu” Hauger
Lauren “Lu” Hauger
Associate Extension Educator — Commercial Produce Safety
Lu specializes in commercial produce safety and will serve as a resource for farmers statewide.
M.A., University of Colorado, Denver
B.A., University of Colorado Springs
- Farmer's markets
- Food safety
- Regional agriculture
- Local food
- Community education
- Outreach and engagement
- Public policy
Lauren (Lu) Hauger is a Colorado native, although she considers herself to be somewhat of a "gypsy" at heart. Her family relocated every few years throughout her upbringing, which contributed to both her love for travel and her desire to work in community development — living in a lot of diverse places truly enables a person to understand what is conducive to fostering a sense of community and what is not. For Lu, her desire to make others feel a sense of place and inclusivity was driven by consistently being the "New Girl." Stemming from youth, she developed an innate passion for providing others with the technical resources to feel empowered and involved. Lu focused her education on public policy and political science, emphasizing her studies on civic engagement and community building.
Throughout college, Lu worked in several schools as a tutor, mentor, instructor and dance coach. She enjoyed her time working with people of all ages and backgrounds, and currently spends time teaching cooking classes and volunteering in other instructional roles. After undergrad, Lu took a position working in local government, which prompted her to further her education by pursing a master's in public policy. In her position, she worked as the assistant town planner and assistant to the manager in Ridgway, Colorado, a tiny community nestled in the San Juan Mountains. In this role, Lu fell in love with community education, development and working closely with passionate public servants dedicated to improving the lives of others.
Towards the end of her graduate career, Lu took on a research project related to local food production, sustainability and rural revitalization. This project eventually informed her graduate thesis, and also reshaped her professional goals by making her realize how truly passionate she is about improving our food system. Lu accepted a position with the University of Idaho Extension as an associate Extension educator in commercial produce safety in spring of 2019, which brought her to Boise.
Lu finds significant passion in community health, nutrition and trying to lead a conscious lifestyle. She is ecstatic to have found a professional role that suits her life-long interests, and to be of service to our amazing farmers across the state of Idaho.
- Dean's List (eight semesters)
- University Honors (four years)
- Davey Award Nominee for Creativity in small Municipal Web Design, 2018
- Colorado Capital Conference Washington, D.C. Colorado Mesa University Student Representative, 2013
- Mentor of the Year Finalist STARS, 2011