As New York State Program Assistant, Ashlea provides direct support to two areas of work focused on keeping farmers on the land: AFT’s efforts to bring a new generation of farmers onto New York farmland through the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network and Farmland for a New Generation New York program, and Farm to Institution New York State, a collaborative initiative coordinated by AFT to bring more New York grown foods into the state’s schools and other institutions. Ashlea also supports broader efforts to develop and grow these programs with a focus on events, trainings, and outreach.
Ashlea is a 2018 graduate of Colgate University where she earned a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Biology. Her background includes a wide range of experience in conservation, sustainability, and food systems, including internships with the Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program and Madison County Agriculture Economic Development. She has conducted research on wildlife-friendly farming practices and conservation priorities in the Adirondack Park, agritourism in New York State, and undergraduate food insecurity.