Leah Garrard joined as Assistant Vegetable Manager in 2021. She grew up in western North Carolina hearing stories from her grandfather about growing up on a diversified farm during the Great Depression. It wasn't until she traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii in her mid-twenties and volunteered on a coffee and macadamia nut farm that she discovered farming as a career for herself and a whole new avenue of serving society by growing food was realized.
For the past decade, she has worked on a variety of organic farms, mostly focused on small-scale vegetable production. Leah relocated to the Hudson Valley in 2014 because of its vibrant farming community and most recently was the Farm Manager at Common Ground Farm, a nonprofit farm focused on food access and education located near Beacon, NY. She is excited to grow lots of yummy vegetables at Glynwood, as well as foster a positive environment of curiosity, compassion and teamwork among the vegetable crew of apprentices. When she isn't farming, she might be found riding her bicycle, hiking, eating soft-serve, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.