Melissa McLearen, Co-Farm Manager

In her role as Co-Farm Manager, Melissa shares the day-to-day management of the farm with Gerardo.  The Farm Managers keep track of all the work needed to make the farm successful, and assign tasks based on abilities, skill, and experience.  

Melissa joined Red Wiggler Community Farm in 2015 as the Field and Facilities Manager.  Prior to that she pursued many interests from theater to microbiology, biotech to computer-aided drafting.  As a lifelong learner, she's currently taking graduate courses at Hood College in Environmental Biology and GIS mapping.  

Two other farms keep Melissa busy on the weekends. Her family’s homestead in Loudoun County, Virginia produces dairy products, meat, eggs, fruits, and vegetables. Melissa’s other passion is therapeutic horseback riding; she has volunteered with Frederick County 4H Therapeutic Riding Program since 2005.