In 2013 we were fortunate enough to have recruited Ellen as an instructor for a farmer-workshop series entitled “Soil Fertility Management for Sustainable Vegetable Producers”. Ellen’s presentation was one of the most comprehensive, concise and user-friendly lectures I have heard on the topic. She definitely has a gift for being able to effectively communicate her knowledge of the science underlying sustainable farming practices within the framework of her practical farming experience, and to engage audiences with her passion for the subject and her wit.