Lizzie Gill

Lizzie GillLocal Foods Specialist
Rocky Mountain West Regional Office

Topic Areas:
Crops, Organic Crops, Local Food, Soil Health

Lizzie Gill was born and raised in the Gallatin Valley. She received her double Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire. Following her college career, she served two years as an Agriculture Extension Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. There, she focused on cover crop implementation through field work and the creation of a national high school curriculum, as well as elementary garden and nutrition education. She has a variety of experience working within different realms of the Montana food system from diversified veggie farming to cover crop and soils research. Lizzie has performed extensive research on squash diversity in Costa Rica, is fluent in Spanish and Guarani, and is an avid nordic skier.

Education:
Bachelor of Science (Dual Major) in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems with emphasis in International Agricultural Research Design and Methodology, and International Affairs, with a minor in Spanish, University of New Hampshire

Previous Experience:

Research Assistant III, April 2020 – November 2020
Towne’s Harvest Garden, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.

Grew seasonal summer produce and managed quality assurance for the Towne’s Harvest Garden Community Supported Agriculture. Assisted research programs carried out on the farm (fertilizer trials and regionally specific berry cultivar assessments). Helped facilitate undergraduate interdisciplinary summer farm practicum course. Managed projects and relationships with other producers, consumers and third parties to expand the local food web through MSU.

Teaching Assistance Agriculture and Development in the Neotropics, January 2020
Costa Rica

Co-taught 14 University of New Hampshire undergraduates on a three-week intensive course tour on tropical agriculture and Costa Rican ecology and culture. Organized and planned educational field trips and tours with local agriculture specialists from small-scale agroecology operations to large-scale commercial, export driven operations.

Agriculture Extension Volunteer, September 2017 – November 2019
Peace Corps, Paraguarí, Paraguay

Developed, published, and evaluated a green manure curriculum to increase implementation and understanding of green manures nationally in Paraguayan high schools. Designed and facilitated the local elementary permaculture gardens and garden course implementing both technical and experiential learning. Assisted rural farmers in cover crop rotation to increase soil regeneration and crop diversification. Partnered with government agencies and community organizations to plan and carry-out regional educational conferences for the public. Created and maintained a perma-garden demonstration plot to hold meetings, classes, and informational activities on gardening, cover crops, compost, and crop diversity.

Crew Member, May 2017 – August 2017
Strike Farm, Bozeman, MT

Carried out production, harvest, post-harvest, and sales tasks for 20-acre certified organic farm producing vegetables, herbs, flowers, and potted plants.

Independent Undergraduate Researcher, May 2016 – August 2016
UNH International Research Opportunities Program (IROP), Grecia, Costa Rica

Designed and performed a fully funded independent research project on the diversity of Tropical Pumpkin, Cucurbita moschata, through the UNH Hamel Center. Presented results to public and scientific audiences. Refined Spanish speaking skills through work and host family environment. Published findings in the 2017 UNH Inquiry Undergraduate Research Journal.

Lab Assistant, May 2015 – August 2015
Montana State University, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Bozeman, MT

Evaluated effect of 11 cover crop treatments on wheat production and water retention in Montana. Collected soil samples and above/below ground biomass for nitrogen content, mycorrhizal fungi, water retention/yield.

Apprentice, May 2015 – August 2015
Broken Ground Permaculture Design Site, Bozeman, MT.

Developed food-forest landscape design, compost, and animal management skills and methods from an expert.

Soils Technician, May 2014 – July 2014
Montana State University, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Bozeman, MT

Processed wheat root biomass and carbon-to-nitrogen ratios to determine effects of nitrogen fertilizer on low water tables of the Judith Basin in central Montana.

Current Professional Affiliations and Committees:
MFEI Advisory Board
ECE Coalition
HOM Advisory Board
Farm to School Leadership Team

Featured Publications and Presentations:
Exploring the Diversity of Tropical Pumpkin in Costa Rica. April 2017. University of New Hampshire Inquiry Journal

 

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