Amy has over 20 years of experience with LSP in both programmatic and management roles. As a Master’s Internationalist graduate student, Amy learned from Paraguayan farmers about effective farmer-to-farmer training and research. She brought this ground-up approach into developing and evaluating LSP programs, including Farm Beginnings, a farmer-led and community-based beginning farmer training model. As co-owner of Kalliroe Orchard, an organic apple farm near Montevideo, Minn., she brings a farmer-centered perspective to changing the food and farming system. When she is not working at LSP or in the orchard she serves as a supervisor for the Lac Qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District, and volunteers with the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative and the Organic Fruit Growers Association. She enjoys long distance swimming, hiking in Minnesota state Parks and canoe trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.