Marketing ● Edible Landscaping ● Consulting & Advocate for Virginia’s Northern Piedmont sustainable food economy and artisans
Elizabeth Melson's passion for local, humane, fair and environmentally-friendly food sprouted while reading Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. She eventually ventured to local farmers markets and found talking directly to farmers to be very fulfilling. She loved learning how to cook with and dabble in preserving seasonal ingredients.
Her hands on experience in farming started as a hobby with a vegetable garden, some backyard layers and a trio of rabbits. Soon after, she traded in her office job to get her hands dirty on local farms. The farmers and coworkers were a wealth of knowledge and she gained experience working with pastured poultry, goats, dairy cows, hogs and bison.
She was able to utilize her experience in marketing, community outreach and training in culinary and business in marketing efforts and to increase sales. She quickly built a network of like-minded professionals and has been able to leverage this network to grow businesses and coordinate collaborations.
She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Sociology and Concentration in Business Management from Northern Kentucky University, a certificate in Culinary Arts from New River Community and Technical College and a graduate-level certificate in Business Administration Essentials from Shenandoah University.
"I have made decisions (good and bad) that have brought me to where I am today and I am grateful that all of the turns in my life journey have meshed into a place of fulfillment and wellness."
Elizabeth lives in Rixeyville, Virginia with her husband and daughter, where she experiments in homesteading on a couple acres. She has a slightly obsessive hobby of lobbying state and federal legislators on issues related to agriculture, environment, cultivation of a hemp industry, election reform and more.