Cree has served in a variety of positions with sustainable food and farming work throughout the Midwest. Over a 15-year period, she has organized programs with the Sustainable Farming Association, Institute for a Sustainable Future, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and the Land Stewardship Project. She has also served in contracted roles providing Holistic Management trainings in IL, WI, SD and MN, and with the MN Department of Agriculture’s Farm Core program, providing case management flood recovery support for farmers. Since 2008, Cree has been involved in beginning and advanced beginning farmer training, providing leadership in the development and facilitation of Lake Superior Farm Beginnings® (2008-2013) and providing ongoing curriculum development support to the Land Stewardship Project (2013-Current).
Recently, Cree has transitioned from an employee of the Land Stewardship Project (LSP, 2013-2016) to a contract role with LSP in order to better facilitate a broader personal calling to do more state outreach with Holistic Management training and to provide more focused one-on-one support with farmers through her Worksong Services (est. March 2016). In her now contracted position with Land Stewardship Project, Cree continues to assist in the development of LSPs Farm Beginnings® and journeyperson courses, providing Holistic Management training to participants on topics of Holistic Financial Planning, land health through ecosystem processes and land observation/monitoring, and visioning around quality of life and balancing personal, family and farm needs.
Cree’s interest in Holistic Management stems from reading Aldo Leopold in high school. More than 20 years later, she and her husband apply holistic principles to their farm, a vegetable CSA operation of 11 years—with maple syrup, transplants, laying hens—and Lake Superior commercial fishing enterprises.
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OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and funding in part by Carolina Farm Credit, Community Foundation of WNC, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, French Broad Food Co-op, New Belgium Brewing, Organic Valley - Farmers Advocating for Organic Farming, Simply Organic 1%, and by the USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Grant #2016-70017-25341. Read more about Farmer Programs' Funding Partners here.