Photograph of a mix of purple, orange, and red peppers from the Bayard Cutting Arboretum CSA Farm.LISA CHALIF


Lisa joined the Bayard Cutting CSA Farm in December 2021 following two seasons at Jamesport Farmstead, an organic no-till farm in the Riverhead area, and was previously at Restoration Farm, an organic CSA/market farm in Old Bethpage. Farming is a career change for Lisa, who trained and worked for many years in the visual arts, while always avidly maintaining a varied and productive vegetable plot in a local community garden. She reads widely about farming and passionately supports organic, sustainable, and regenerative practices that are critical in mitigating ecological damage to the environment. Recognizing that healthy soil produces healthy crops that benefit our bodies, our communities, and our planet, she envisions incorporating no- or low-till methods at Bayard over time. She is driven by a desire to live and grow in greater accordance with nature and hopes to inspire others in developing a more nuanced understanding of our food system and a greater awareness of our place in nature.

When not on the farm, Lisa enjoys hiking, travel, and time with family.