Cathy Tipper

Cathy Tipper

Cathy Tipper was instrumental in founding the Beginner Farmer Training Program in 2009, and has worked on the program continuously since its inception. The program has graduated nearly 400 trainees to date, the majority of whom are now commercially farming. Cathy has...
Lisa Garfield

Lisa Garfield

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...
Laurie Savage

Laurie Savage

Laurie Savage grew up on a dairy farm in Frederick County, where she served in such roles as Maryland Dairy Princess and Maryland Jersey Queen. As a “reverse transplant,” she married Kevin, a dairy farmer, and moved to Montgomery County, where her family...
Amy Mullan

Amy Mullan

Amy grew up on her family’s nursery in Baltimore County. This experience solidified her love of horticulture and exposed her to roles such as Nursery and Farm Manager. Amy has a B.A. in Public Health and Policy Studies from Elon University. After working for...
Deb Dramby

Deb Dramby

Deb Dramby joined our team in 2019, after six years at Willowsford Farm, a well-known agri-hood in Loudoun County, Virginia. At Willowsford, she built and co-managed a bustling Farm Stand, pick-your-own garden, a large CSA, and helped launch several farming...
Joanna Winkler

Joanna Winkler

Joanna began farming in 2004 in Boston, MA.Throughout her farming career, she’s worked on farms ranging from .25 – 100 acres in both urban and rural settings. She worked in food systems non-profits such as The Food Project and the Baltimore Food Policy...
Grace Leatherman

Grace Leatherman

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...