Ellie serves as the Operations & Finance Director at CFAC and there is nothing that gets her more riled up than thinking about community health and agriculture. Her passion for CFAC’s programs in food access and sustainable farm systems brought her to the team as staff in 2022. Yet, her story with CFAC began long before that when in 2013 she assisted the push for state legislative advocacy efforts to protect farmland.
Since 2011, Ellie has spent her warm seasons growing produce with small-scale sustainable farms from the Bitterroot northward through the Mission valleys. Exploring how to create resilient food systems, she received her M.S. from the University of Montana in Environmental Studies with a focus on sustainable food systems. Now growing produce for her own farm business Black Bear Soups & Produce, Ellie can be spotted slinging a ladle or selling decorated garlic at events around Missoula.
Most recently, Ellie was the Tasting Room Manager & Bookkeeper for Western Cider, but her career spans a wide range. She has worked in trail maintenance, agriculture, arts centers, tool libraries, yoga studios, environmental NGOs, and craft beverage businesses. She’s been employed by most of her favorite nonprofits in Missoula, and is glad to continue the trend at CFAC.