Interests & Expertise
Small farm management and operations
B.A. in Studio Arts with a Certificate in Urban Architecture
University of Oregon
For the past 11 years, Allison 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.