Lisa McCrory Consulting
A systems thinker with an interest in a 'Whole Farm Approach' to land and livestock stewardship, Lisa has been involved in sustainable, organic, and biodynamic agriculture since the late 1980's. Lisa is also a Dowser, Potter and Reiki practitioner and has been incorporating these interests into her farming and spiritual life for many years.
Lisa works as a private consultant, speaker, teacher & writer, offering services in Whole Farm Planning and Grazing Consulting services for pasture-based dairy, beef, small ruminants, hogs, and diversified livestock operations.
She manages Earthwise Farm & Forest with her husband, Carl Russell, were they raise and sell certified organic, pasture-raised meat & milk, vegetables, flowers, maple syrup, and offer on-farm workshops throughout the year.
Professional Experience/History: Lisa studied under Dr. Bill Murphy (Author of 'Greener Pastures On Your Side of the Fence') at the University of Vermont and worked as a grazing consultant for UVM's Pasture Management Outreach Program (PMOP) in the early to mid 90's. During this time, she worked closely with dairy and beef producers on grazing strategies, Holistic Management Planning, seasonal dairying, economics of grass-based livestock systems, and livestock health and nutrition.
She later joined NOFA Vermont's Dairy and Livestock Technical Assistance Program (1996 - 2008), serving the growing number of certified organic livestock operations in Vermont. During her time at NOFA Vermont, Lisa co-authored and led a number of NESARE granted projects that provided opportunities for on-farm research, education, farmer-to-farmer mentoring, and professional development in the areas of livestock health & nutrition, grazing management, soil nutrient management, and farmer case studies. From 2001- 2014 Lisa worked for the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, starting as the NODPA Coordinator, and transitioning to the Editor & Advertising Manager for the 'NODPA News' publication. From 2010 - 2015, Lisa was a farmer mentor and teacher for Holistic Management International's (HMI) Vermont Beginning Women Farmers program in VT, sharing her knowledge and expertise in Management Intensive Grazing and using the HMI Model in one's whole farm planning.