Abigail Harper

Farm to School Specialist

Abigail Harper

Abby joined the team at CRFS in June of 2015. Her statewide work focuses on developing Michigan Farm to School programming, including managing the MI Farm to School Grant program, expanding farm to school connections in the Hoophouses for Health program, and directing technical assistance for K-12 schools and early care and education programs (ECE) throughout Michigan. She additionally works nationally to develop an infrastructure of support for farm to ECE efforts. Her specialization in this area is resource development and technical assistance related to local food procurement and utilizing farm to ECE as a tool for creating culturally relevant programming. She is particularly interested in building racial equity into food systems work and the intersection of public health and sustainable agriculture. Abby holds a BS in Public Health and Health Sciences from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MS in Agriculture, Food, and Environment with a focus on regional food systems and sovereignty from Tufts University. Prior to joining CRFS, Abby served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and spent several years working and developing educational programming on a 5-acre vegetable farm in her hometown of Belmont, Massachusetts.

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