Elizabeth (formerly Liz Falk) worked to improve food security and strengthen the local food movement in Washington, DC starting in 2003. After months of researching DC's community health and urban farming history and interviewing key stakeholders, Elizabeth and Susan Ellsworth founded Common Good City Farm in 2007 with a simple vision to increase fresh food access to DC's low-income residents in the Shaw neighborhood. Elizabeth has a background in environmental studies and education and a dual master's degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. She has worked on organic farms in Virginia, Australia and Costa Rica. Elizabeth received a certification in permaculture design in 2006. She moved back to her roots in the Finger Lakes region of New York in 2009, where she and her husband, Steve, co-own a permaculture farm and homestead called Wellspring Forest Farm and she works part-time with Cornell Cooperative Extension of NYS and the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute.
Susan loves working outside, getting to know her neighbors and sharing knowledge about food. Working with community members at the 7th Street Garden and then Common Good City Farm provided just that opportunity. A resident of Washington D.C. since 2003, Susan and co-founder Elizabeth Gabriel were eager to help build a vibrant, fun and educational space that would help to to address some of the food and health disparities within the city. Susan misses Washington, DC from California where she splits her time between agriculture and urban edge planning and working on an olive farm. She has a BA from Colby College and an MS in Community Development from UC Davis.