B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic
Leah grew up in the mountains of Vermont, her days filled with muddy-footed explorations of streams and treetops, balanced by evening hours spent poring over the world atlas, dreaming of living all over the world.
At age eighteen she boarded a plane for Mexico and traveled solo through the country, befriending weavers, peddlers, farmers, and Monarch butterflies along the way. During college her love of languages and mountain cultures carried her to the Northern Indian Himalayas and Bolivia, where she investigated the intersections between changing food systems, rural agrarian traditions, public education systems, and increasingly globalized economies.
In between travels, Leah was an educator at wilderness and farm camps and afterschool programs. After college she dedicated two years to learning first-hand about food systems in New England by apprenticing on several diversified organic farms.
In recent years she has combined her interests in agriculture and social justice by supporting the community of Vermont’s Latino migrant dairy workers in accessing health care, learning English, and organizing for human rights.
You can find her at home in Vermont playing her fiddle, cross-country skiing, listening carefully for bird songs, knitting hats, cooking dinner with friends, or concocting her next adventure. Leah is excited to continue sharing her diverse pursuits as a Dragons instructor!