Sustainable Carolina Student Farm
2015 & 2016
University of South Carolina, South Carolina U.S.A.
After graduation from the University of South Carolina, Allie was entrusted with the role of Farm Manager for the Green Quad sustainability student living community. In addition to fulfilling the role as land steward, she created a student volunteer and leadership program; converted the farm into a self-sustaining business through farmer's market stands, specialty products & packaging; designed and launched of a profitable hydroponics system; taught weekly hands-on cooking classes in the student community center; wrote curriculum and ran a summer camp for local urban youth; mentored undergraduate student research; co-created the university's first "harvest dinner" farm-to-table event; began selling farm produce to local restaurants and grocers in town; and was recognized staff member of the year for her contribution to the Department of Earth, Ocean and the Environment within the School of Arts & Sciences.
Green Heart Project, Inc.
2016 & 2017
Charleston, SC U.S.A.
Allie was hired as both the Program Director & Agricultural Director for the non-profit organization Green Heart Project Inc. in spring of 2016. As the Program Director, in addition to creating and implementing the organization's entire curriculum for their in-school and after-school gardening & nutrition programs, Allie also designed the Program Manager roles and trainings, recruitment and hiring processes, interviews and performance reviews. In her role as Agricultural Director, she designed and implemented the school gardens' crop plans, budgets, Good Agricultural Practices standards, record keeping and metrics tracking methods. Her passion for plant care is just as vibrant as her passion for people care, so recruiting, training and maintaining healthy relationships with all of her 180+ volunteers and new staff team of 7 program managers and 7 garden managers was an equal share of her work and time spent at the Green Heart Project. While orchestrating and instructing these farm-to-school education programs, Allie also successfully integrated the student garden produce into 4 of the 5 public school cafeteria line's lunches, partner with over 20 local restaurants to purchase surplus produce and reinvest in the school gardens, and orchestrate two end-of-year family Harvest Dinners with over 954 guests at the largest dinner event.
International Permaculture Convergence, 2017
Pc Teacher Training Assistant
Allie received her Permaculture Design Certificate at Punta Mona center in summer of 2014, her Permaculture Teacher Training Certificate in spring of 2016, and then went on to facilitate the first Permaculture Teacher Training in Hyderabad, India with her mentor Jude Hobbs of Cascadia Permaculture. In the 8-day course, Jude and Allie facilitated the understanding of various types of learning styles, creative methods of delivering information, spontaneous and rehearsed presentation and assisting the 27 participants to identify their unique teaching styles. Following this course, Allie co-facilitated a 87-participant Permaculture Design Course, representing over 24 nationalities, with Robyn Francis, Starhawk, Rico Zook, Jude Hobbs, Govinda Sharma, Clea Chandmal, Narsanna Koppula, and Hui-i Chiang. She then stayed on-site to volunteer and build the grounds and facilities such as classrooms, a children's playground, gardens, greywater systems, and composting toilets for over 500 guests at the 17th International Permaculture Convergence alongside 53 other volunteers.
Punta Mona Center
Manzanillo-Gandoca National Refuge
After co-facilitating two permaculture design courses in the beginning of 2018, Allie was hired as the General Manager for Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design & Botanical Studies. There she created and led 3 rounds of an 8-week hands-on permaculture apprenticeship with specializations in agroforestry, kitchen gardening, greenhouse management, farm to table cooking, herbalism, and animal husbandry. In addition to the programming she designed, she managed the center's staff, gardens, greenhouse, retreat events, communications, community & educational programming, volunteer training and continued to participate as an instructor in all Permaculture courses held at the center.
Visionary Team Member
2018 & 2019