Change Makers

Where Are They Now: Sarah Isbell

With a degree in biology from Dickinson College and two seasons’ experience in farm-based education under her belt, Sarah came to Stone Barns in 2012 for an apprenticeship in field production and stayed for another to learn the winter greenhouse operations. The next year, she left to become the Greens Manager at Obercreek Farm, in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., where she sold year-round produce to retail stores and restaurants, at farmers markets in Westchester County, and through a CSA. In 2015, Sarah was accepted into the Ph.D. program in ecology at Penn State and has begun work at the agronomy farm on a project called ROSE 2.0 (Reduced-Tillage in Organic Systems Experiment).  The Annapolis, Md., native was awarded a graduate assistantship to research nutrient cycling in the experiment, so she is rolling up her sleeves to take a lot of soil samples in the coming years.

Originally published on August 1, 2015

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