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Lisa Garfield

Million Acre Challenge Manager

Lisa Garfield has a dozen years of farming experience, primarily as the owner/operator of Calliope Farm, a diversified vegetable farm on the Delmarva Peninsula of MD. In 2014, after hosting several university research projects on her farm, participating in a Johnny's Seeds breeding trial, and completing two of her own SARE funded on-farm projects, she succumbed to the promise that research could provide "all of the fun, with none of the risk," that farming does, and pursued an M.S. in Plant and Soil Science, from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. While she has found this to be mostly true, she misses the great food, so still keeps a garden and has plans to transition her farm to a food forest model. Lisa now holds the position of Million Acre Challenge Manager here at Future Harvest, heading up the Soil Health Benchmark Study, and other soil-health focused programming.