Martha grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and got her start in agriculture during her college years at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. As a student she worked for the College Farm for two years and helped manage the cow-calf to finish beef operation. She fell in love with grazing cattle and after graduating with a BS in Environmental Studies, concentration in Sustainable Agriculture, and a minor in Chemistry, she looked for opportunities to graze cattle in the West. She found San Juan Ranch in Colorado and the Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program in 2012. She apprenticed for 12 months under the tutelage of George Whitten and Julie Sullivan, owners of San Juan Ranch. After working for a number of other agricultural operations, she came back to San Juan Ranch in 2014 as ranch foreman. San Juan Ranch is a third-generation ranch and an organic 100% grass-fed cow-calf to finish beef operation. In her third year as assistant ranch manager/foreman, this is Martha’s fifth year working full time in agriculture. She is passionate about the intersection of soil, plants, and bovines.