Dawson Bancroft-Short holds a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in music from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has worked for the Black Earth Institute for the past year and helps keep up the land of Brigit Rest, the site of BEI’s annual retreat/meeting in Black Earth, WI. While in school she worked with many environmental organizations in Pittsburgh, canvassing for Clean Water Action, teaching at the Frick Environmental Center, and working as an educator for the Pennsylvania Resource Counsel. She is passionate about sustainable food systems and the transition of agricultural systems in a changing world. She is a hobby poet who has never submitted for publication, but enjoys observing patterns in the natural world and writing about them. Aside from her academic endeavors, Dawson played hockey and softball for her college, so in her free time she is highly involved in her community and volunteers as a girl’s hockey and softball coach.