Abbey Palmer serves as a Community Food Systems Educator based in Alger County, and works with schools and farms throughout the Upper Peninsula. She coordinates educational activities for people of all ages at MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (UPREC). Her areas of focus include land based learning for K-14 students and their teachers, season extension, food policy councils, and small scale seed system resilience. Abbey holds a MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop in fiction and a BA in Literature from Northern Michigan University. She has worked in food systems since 2011, and spent several years engaged in diversified vegetable production using off-grid farming methods.