Eli grows food, flowers and herbs at The Seed Farm. He works to manage the 42-acre farmscape to support food production, soil health, pollinator habitat, and water quality. Eli maintains the equipment and infrastructure at The Seed Farm so it can function as a working farm, a hands-on classroom, a direct source of fresh produce (on-site farm stand coming soon!) and an enjoyable place to visit.
Prior to joining The Seed Farm, Eli worked in Philadelphia, where he cared for the forest, fields, ponds, streams, gardens and trails of the 350-acre Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, working to ensure safe access for its users and visitors, while supporting the ecological integrity of its living communities.
Eli has worked with plants and people throughout his life; as a grassland researcher, sheep-herder, gardener, seedsman, handyman, and educator. He has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas, and he continues to study environments alongside people of all ages and abilities; working and learning outside together.