Brief Biographical Sketches of Presenters
Lorien E. MacAuley, PhD
Agricultural, Leadership, & Community Education
Lorien MacAuley researches on-farm apprenticeships at Virginia Tech. As part of her research, she worked alongside apprentices on several farms around the Asheville, NC, area throughout the 2016 season. Lorien has worked with the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition, planning educational programming efforts for beginning farmers and ranchers. Her areas of interest are beginning farmer education, community-based food systems initiatives, food justice, alternative agrifood movements, sustainable development discourses, and labor issues within the food system. Lorien worked for nine years in governmental and nongovernmental organizations, on projects of youth gardening, farmers market promotion, and other outdoor education. In Fayette County, WV, she managed an educational market garden for two seasons, in which youth grew, harvested, and sold veggies at the farmers market. She has also worked on organic vegetable farms, landscaping, at several restaurants, and a packaging plant, among other places. Lorien holds a PhD in Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education; a Masters Degree in Agricultural and Extension Education; and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization; from Virginia Tech.
Education Programs Director
Rogue Farm Corps
Megan Fehrman grew up in the heartland and earned her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Wisconsin before heading West. After exploring several aspects of community organizing, sustainability, and education, Megan earned a Masters Degree at Portland State University, focusing on Community Food Systems and Agroecology and went to work as an advocate and educator for socially responsible agriculture in Oregon.
As the Education Programs Director for Rogue Farm Corps (RFC), an educational non-profit working to train and equip the next generation of farmers and ranchers, Megan oversees their statewide internship and apprenticeship programs. RFC has established a unique legal model for on-farm internships that serves as a model for programs across the country. She is also currently serving as the Chair of the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Steering Council and was a 2013 Toyota Together Green Fellow.
Megan lives and works on an 86-acre ranch in Southern Oregon with her brothers as they establish their farm business and creamery. When not at work, Megan likes to dig in the dirt, walk in the woods, visit the city, take in some music, and spend time with family and friends.