ELIZABETH MELSON | CENTRAL REGION
Elizabeth has a background in culinary arts and sales & marketing in the fitness industry. After learning more about the health and environmental benefits of ethically-sourced, local foods, she ventured into farmers’ markets and in 2012 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 first with pastured poultry, goats, dairy cows, hogs and bison. Then, spent a season with Willowsford Farm in Ashburn to learn about organic vegetable farming on a larger scale.
She first entered farmers’ markets as a shopper, then as a vendor selling bison meat for Cibola Farms in Falls Church and Arlington Courthouse markets, and finally starting her own business, Farm-to-Table Solutions; offering farmers market management assistance, edible landscaping, local food-centric special events, and advocacy. She is involved in the management of Archwood Green Barns Farmers’ Market in The Plains, Warrenton Farmers’ Market, Exit 40 Farmers’ Market in Prince William County, and is a Garden Manager for a restaurant (coming soon) in Sperryville, Virginia. In 2018, she has worked with the PATH Foundation, Fauquier FISH and many other community collaborators, to launch the Farmers’ Market Coalition’s Power of Produce Program in Fauquier County markets to increase market vitality and address food insecurity.
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.