Nathan Aaberg - American Farmland Trust

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Nathan Aaberg

Director of Conservation and Working Lands, Liberty Prairie Foundation / Certified Land Access Trainer

Nathan Aaberg is the Director of Conservation and Working Lands at the Liberty Prairie Foundation in Grayslake, Illinois. His primary focus has been developing the Northeast Illinois FarmLink program that works to connect and equip farmers and farmland owners for good, mutually beneficial land access arrangements. A particular focus has been encouraging and helping public farmland owners in the region to use the same principles in their farmland management as they do in their natural resource management. In addition, Nathan has been increasingly focusing on the potential for services and support to private farmland owners to enable more of them to change how their farmland is farmed for the benefit of the land, water, communities, and local food farmers.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Nathan helped to lead Conserve Lake County in several roles, including as the Director of Development, the Associate Director, and the Interim Executive Director. Nathan developed a career in the environmental field after a number of experiences, including volunteering for restoration workdays at the North Park Nature Center in Chicago. This led to his work with Friends of the Chicago River, an urban river restoration group. Prior to Friends of the Chicago River, he worked for Mitsubishi International where, among other things, he managed the export of Winnebago motorhomes to Japan.

Nathan completed a BA degree in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a master’s degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.