Grace Leatherman

Executive Director

Growing up in Butler, Maryland, Grace Leatherman raised sheep and was immersed in 4-H. After studying history and horticulture in college, she pursued her master’s in history, going on to become a history teacher. Grace later became the Maryland History Day Outreach Coordinator for Maryland Humanities, and in 2019, the Executive Director of the National Council for History Education (NCHE). Throughout her career teaching history, Grace never stopped engaging with agriculture. She researched the history of farming, worked at Butler’s Orchard on weekends and in the summers, volunteered with 4-H and the Damascus Community Fair, and worked as secretary for the Montgomery County Farm Bureau. She gardens and keeps chickens. Serving as Executive Director of Future Harvest allows Grace to come back to the farming community, bringing a knowledge of the complex history of rural Maryland and experience in nonprofit management. She firmly believes that supporting sustainable agriculture can change the world.

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