New Organic Farm Coordinator
The Department of Plant Agriculture is pleased to announce Jessica Gale as the new farm coordinator for the Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming (GCUOF). She begins in the role today, July 15, 2020.
In this role, Gale will manage and perform day-to-day farm operations, including planning and preparing materials for the cropping season, supervising farm volunteers, communicating with stakeholders, and coordinating on-farm educational and outreach activities.
She will also organize farm produce sales, recruit volunteers and respond to requests for proposed research activities on the farm. Gale reports to Prof. Barry Micallef, the GCUOF faculty advisor.
Gale has extensive experience in farm management, research and teaching organic horticultural methods. She ran her own farm, Sweet Gale Gardens, for seven years, which was a two-acre cut flower and herb farm where she also hosted researchers and educational visitors. Gale also worked for Fresh City Farms from 2013-2016 as the assistant farm manager.
She is a current member of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, and volunteer with the Royal Botanical Gardens.
She has a B.A in environmental studies in English from SUNY Binghamton and a MLA from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.