Since her mom grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, you’d think Maria’s path to assistant farm manager was a simple one. However, after completing a double major in theology and philosophy and a minor in mathematics at Thomas Aquinas College, she taught math at the junior high and high school levels. After several years of teaching, she found her interest in food and farming growing. After training as a pasta maker under Chef Michael Pagliarini, she apprenticed at Temple-Wilton Community Farm. Directly after apprenticing, she headed up a small vegetable production at Zero-Mile Farm, and soon after, found her way to Gibbet Hill Farm. Maria loves singing choral polyphony and cooking in her spare time, but further expresses her love of outdoors by hiking as often as she can.