Julie FineClimate and Agriculture Specialist
Julie Fine is the climate and agriculture specialist at AFT New England. She has experience in agricultural research, organic farming, and as an agricultural service provider. In 2018 Julie earned an MS in plant and soil science from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst researching the effects of winter-killed cover crops on nutrient cycling, weed suppression, and soil health. Through relationships with farmers across the Northeast, Julie has seen the agricultural and climate challenges that food producers face and is dedicated to working together towards site-specific solutions for climate risk, soil health, and sustainable food production.
Julie has worked on dairy and vegetable farms in MA, CA, and New Zealand over the last 20 years before settling with her family in western Massachusetts. She has served on the Northeast SARE technical committee, as a Climate Adaptation Fellow, and as the founding director of Harvest Against Hunger in Seattle, WA. Prior to that, she taught organic farming and gardening at the UC Santa Cruz farm and Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. In her free time, you can find Julie drinking coffee, keeping her kids busy, or fighting back the weeds in her family’s garden.