Peggy Eppig is Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation's Director of Middle School and Natural Resources Education. At MAEF Peggy develops integrated agriculture curriculum for grades 6-12 through undergrad. She develops formal and non-formal Ag/environmental science and social studies opportunities for teachers and students. Peggy collaborates with several other institutions, organizations and non-profits to support Farm Based Education, the Leopold Project training, the Maryland Farm-to-School program with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, and Project Green Classrooms.


Tafadzwa(Taffy) Gwitira is a Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture Farmer in Training and Community Building Strategist. Her work on transportation advocacy, and social justice education locally and globally is informing the event.




Vera Simon-Nobes coordinates program development, communications and events for the FBEN. She is based at Shelburne Farms, the coordinating organization for the FBEN, where she assists with professional development programs, family programs, preschool enrichment, and summer camp.

Planning Committee

Events like this are only possible through the generous support of partners. The 2019 conference organizing committee is currently working hard on the program, workshops, field trips, sponsorship, socials, and more. Thank you, organizers! 

Andrea Barnhart - Red Wiggler Farm, Germantown, MD

Conor Floyd - Retreat Farm, Brattleboro, VT 
Ellie Youngblood - Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

Lizzie Grabowski - The Trustees Weir River Farm, Hingham, MA

Lu Neuse - Retreat Farm, Brattleboro, VT 

Meghan Connolly Riley - Soule Homestead, Middleboro, MA
Melisa Oliva - Ananda Gardens, Montpelier, VT
Peggy Eppig - Maryland Ag Ed Foundation, Havre de Grace, MD
Sarah Holway - DC Greens, Washington, D.C.
Sandra Kimbrough - Black Clergy Wellness Project, Trenton, NJ 
Tome Shaaltiel - Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD
Woody Woodroof- Red Wiggler Farm, Germantown, MD

We are receiving guidance on the conference design from a number of guest advisers. Thank you to the following individuals who are enriching the conference program in a multitude of ways.

Brooke Redmond - Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

Caitlin Sargent - The Farm School, Athol, MA

Greg Strella - Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD

Meg Burke - Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future, Baltimore, MD

Rebecca Lemos-Otero - City Blossoms, Washington, D.C.

Sara Shalva - Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD

Sophia Maravell - Potomac Vegetable Farms, Vienna, VA

Vanessa Lubiner - Baltimore Orchard Project, Baltimore, MD

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