My passion for farming goes way back to the days when I proudly proclaimed that I wanted to be a farmer when I grew up. I’ve lived out that dream in many ways, from working on farms to managing a community garden, starting a catering company that featured local foods and running a nonprofit local foods consulting program. Although I never thought I’d become an attorney, when I realized how keenly we needed quality legal information, I felt compelled. Now, I love resolving the business legal issues that hinder farmers from achieving their goals.
I care deeply about farms, their profitability, and their role in our community. Running a strong farm business is easier with the help of a knowledgeable attorney who truly understands the farm business and can help farmers meet their financial and social goals. With strong farms, we can have a strong local food system and strong communities. The vision of a strong, cohesive community with sustainable farmers at its core is what motivates me every day.
I lead Farm Commons together with my board of directors, which includes Edward Cox, a Drake Agricultural Law Center Fellow; Allison Condra, a Fellow at Harvard’s Food Law and Policy Clinic; Tabitha Czeck, an avid local farm supporter and experienced nonprofit director; and Chad Chriestenson, a farmer with experience in a variety of production and marketing systems.