Shari Edelson graduated from Goucher College in 2001, earning a bachelors degree in Philosophy, Psychology, and Cognitive Science. Following her graduation, she spent two years working and living at Cromwell Valley Community Supported Agriculture, a cooperatively-run organic farm located in a public park in Maryland. Shari then volunteered with AmeriCorps, where she served as the manager of the Civic Works Perennial Nursery, a not-for-profit program providing plants and horticultural education free of charge to Baltimore's community gardeners. Following her AmeriCorps service, Shari spent a year working as a gardener and horticulturist at the Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore. She next completed a year-long term as Curatorial Intern at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, where she gained training in plant records, collections management, and garden design.
Shari is interested in the intersections between horticulture, sustainable agriculture, and community. Her research focuses on the implementation of community supported agriculture programs at public horticulture institutions, and her thesis will offer guidelines for institutions wishing to implement such projects.
Student Position: Professional Outreach Project Leader
Board Position: Delaware Center for Horticulture Board Member