Melby, Dana

Community Farm Manager
(540) 347-2344 ext. 7068
dmelby@pecva.org

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Dana joined The Piedmont Environmental Council in October 2018. She is serving as the Farm Manager at Roundabout Meadows Community Farm, where she is seeking to create a more inclusive, equitable food system in Loudoun County.

A native of Frederick County, Virginia, Dana grew up surrounded by agriculture and developed a passion for horticulture at a young age. Prior to joining PEC she worked in a variety of roles throughout the industry, from greenhouse production to orchard management, and every step in between. Most recently she worked for Virginia Tech as a Field Research Specialist where she managed peach, apple, and cherry orchards as well as vineyards.

Dana earned a Bachelors in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado. After a transformative experience studying subsistence agriculture in Samoa, she went on to pursue a Masters in International Agriculture at Oklahoma State University. While at Oklahoma State she worked with a local food bank to develop a garden and production plan to supplement their programs.

She currently resides in Clarke County with her husband and their three dogs. She enjoys reading, growing far too many houseplants, and enjoying all of the natural resources Virginia has to offer.