Liz Perkus is a Masters student at the University of Minnesota in Applied Plant Sciences – Agroecology. She grew up outside of Boston and has always loved plants and soil. Liz earned her B.S. in Plant Science from Cornell University. She has a broad interest in agricultural systems and has worked in agroecology, pollination ecology, environmental education, and botanic gardens. She especially interested in farm scale nutrient cycling and innovative small farm management. Her current research focuses on integrating cover crops into high tunnel crop rotations in northern climates.
Sharon Perrone is a New Jersey native who first became interested in agriculture while working on a student organic farm in 2008. She earned her BS in biochemistry & molecular biology and Italian studies in 2011 from Dickinson College, after which she worked on a series of farms in Oregon prior to settling in Washington, D.C. to advocate for sustainable agriculture law and policy with a focus on soil health. She is currently working on her M.S. in Applied Plant Sciences at the University of Minnesota with a focus in agroecology, cover cropping, and nutrient cycling.