Elise is a founding board member and the agricultural arts teacher at Mountain Song Community School, a Waldorf-methods charter in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She manages the small urban farm on school property using biodynamic methods, as well as sharing her love of the land with her students. For the past 10 years, Elise has been involved with the local food movement and urban garden initiatives. She has served as assistant director of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens where she developed new community gardens and also ran a small CSA program. She also was lead gardener for the Aspen Pointe Community Garden, where she designed and implemented a youth farmers' market training for at-risk teens and a horticultural wellness program for Aspen Pointe Clients, as well as started a community seed library for underserved populations in the city. She holds a B.A from Prescott College in Sustainable Community Development. She enjoys yoga, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her husband and four children.