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Sarah Isbell, PhD

Research Director

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About Sarah

Sarah co-leads our Climate-Smart Farming and Marketing program, helping farmers measure the benefits of regenerative practices. She also oversees our farm-based research, including our Soil Health, Financial, and Nutrient Density benchmark studies. 

She earned a PhD in ecology from Penn State, where her research focused on cover cropping and reducing tillage in organic grain cropping systems, nitrogen management, and soil ecology. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Dickinson College. Sarah has grown vegetables and flowers in New York’s Hudson Valley, and worked as a farm-based educator in Massachusetts.

Sarah lives in Annapolis, Maryland where she enjoys spending time kayaking and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, throwing sticks for her dog Butter, and cooking with veggies from her CSA.