Staff Highlight: Ellie Limpert, Education Manager
Hailing from Syracuse, educated in Ithaca, and previously employed in New York City, Ellie Limpert believes her love affair with New York State has truly blossomed upon discovering the Hudson Valley. After earning a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, NYC proved to be an incredible atmosphere for Ellie to utilize her Nutrition and Public Health degree, while immersing herself in the farm-to-school and sustainable agriculture movement. She served as a nutritionist for the NYC Department of Health, as well as a garden teacher at Edible Schoolyard NYC, and research assistant for a USDA funded study on school gardens at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Ellie began her work for PFP as a full season farm apprentice in 2014. Inspired by the power that a local farm can bring to a community, it was her goal to learn the trade of farming in order to facilitate the growth of more community based farms and edible gardens throughout the state. What Ellie found in PFP and the community of Poughkeepsie was much more moving than she could have imagined. To put it lightly, she fell in love, and decided to put her graduate school plans on hold to continue contributing her knowledge and enthusiasm to the growth and advancement of PFP’s mission. Ellie embodies what it means to be a passionate leader, go-getter, and dedicated heroine of a healthier Poughkeepsie. This season she brought her refreshing vision and contagious enthusiasm to her management of seven education programs, eight interns, and numerous outreach events. We applaud her dedication and are honored to have her continue on as Education Manager in the 2016 season.