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Agricultural Researcher
Interests & Expertise
  • Small farm management and operations
  • Educational outreach
  • Agroforestry
B.A., Studio Arts and
Certificate in Urban Architecture
University of Oregon

For the past 11 years, Allison Maikath has brought her love and knowledge of farming to nine countries on six continents to help advance the health of people, animals and the planet.Allison received a bachelor of science in studio art and a certificate in urban architecture from University of Oregon. From 2005-2013, she worked at Coonamessett Farm in East Falmouth, helping to grow and maintain a 25-acre diversified fruit, vegetable and animal operation. Her duties ranged from caring and feeding sheep, alpaca, poultry and goats, to conducting educational outreach, training interns and staff, and running the Farm’s CSA program. Allison started her career serving in the Peace Corps in West Africa where she learned agro forestry, mud stove construction and food preservation techniques. Later, she planted olive and walnut trees in Greece; harvested oysters in French Polynesia; mustered cattle on horseback in Australia; worked with Burmese refugees in Thailand to improve water diversion; implemented permaculture practices in Panama; and taught students hoop house construction in Costa Rica. Drawing on that unparalleled experience, Allison’s focus at CFF is to conduct research on optimal farming practices to support a local, sustainable foodshed.

Understanding the benefits of a rotating composter in small farm operations; educational outreach. 
Funding for composter provided by the Shaw Family Foundation. 

CFF has identified the need for improvements in the rotational composting process to maximize the ecological and economic benefits to small farmers in our region. Our newly acquired an Ecodrum™ Model 260 rotating commercial composter gives our agriculture research team a living laboratory to better understand the optimal conditions for the on-site composting of organic waste materials, including animal manure, bedding materials, plant stalks, leaves, and other vegetative matter.  Some of the many benefits to farmers and the community include the reduction of odor, elimination of runoff and potential groundwater contamination and production of high-quality compost used as a soil amendment for more nutrient-dense food.

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