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Clara Coleman

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Clara Coleman is a second-generation organic farmer, consultant, writer, TEDx and keynote speaker on sustainable four-season farming and daughter of renowned farming pioneer Eliot Coleman. In 2008 she created Divide Creek Farm – an organic, intensively-managed 2-acre four-season vegetable farm which was located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and successfully operated for three years. She produced year-round vegetable crops under harsh winter conditions, using unheated and minimally heated moveable high tunnels and greenhouses. Like her father, she is a proponent of the ‘small is better’ model of farming, advocating business growth through improved efficiency, innovative production methods, farmer collaboration and direct customer marketing, rather than physical expansion. Her sister, Melissa Coleman, is the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestselling memoir This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family’s Heartbreak published by Harper Collins in 2011 about the Coleman’s early beginnings pioneering the sustainable farming movement of the 1970’s.

Clara is the four-season farm specialist & video blog host for Rimol Greenhouses in New Hampshire, is on the Advisory Board of Food Tank, and she consults with many sustainable agriculture organizations including Maine Farmland Trust and Johnny’s Selected Seeds. Other clients have included The Center for Discovery in New York, and Wegmans Food Markets where she worked to expand four-season farming methods on their organic farm in upstate New York and for their farming partners who supply Wegmans stores with year-round produce.

Clara resides in Portland, Maine with her two sons and is focused on building the ARC Farm – an innovative & collaborative four-season farm model for young farmers, consulting projects, writing a book on four-season farming for the next generation, family farm grant projects with land trusts, promoting the work of Slow Tools and Farm Hack to further the collaboration between farmers, engineers & makers of innovative tools, and farming workshops & speaking engagements nationwide as a means to inspire and encourage the next generation of farmers.

For more information on consulting services and speaking engagements, please contact Clara through her Contact page.