I grew up on a 600-acre wildlife preserve tucked away in a rural farming community in Northeast Pennsylvania. Although the fields and woods were my backyard, I spent plenty of time in neighbor's milking barns reaching up my hands to be nuzzled by cows’ big warm noses. My passion for agriculture is inspired by my belief that farmers and food producers can create thriving ecosystems that produce healthy and abundant food, whether in urban centers, backyards, or fields. When an ecosystem thrives, so do growers, communities and economies.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the UC Santa Cruz Farm and Garden Program. Prior to joining the Small Farms Program in 2007, I facilitated farm-to-chef sales for a 30-acre organic vegetable farm in the San Francisco Bay area and worked as a farmers' market manager, local foods educator and farm direct-marketing consultant in the Hudson Valley, NY. I've been leading NESARE professional development projects in NY since 2009.
I live in an 1860's farmhouse on 5 acres with my husband and two sons. I spend my time outside of work playing, cooking, tending to ever-expanding flower gardens and trying to figure out how to grow food well in our garden.