Elisabeth "El" Farrell has worked with the Sustainability Institute at UNH for over a decade, managing projects and initiatives related to sustainable food systems, culture and sustainability, energy and climate change, and biodiversity. She has played a key role in the development and implementation of many Institute endeavors, including the New Hampshire Farm to School Program, Food Solutions New England, the book The Sustainable Learning Community: One University's Journey to the Future (2009), the Dual Major in EcoGastronomy, and the development of the Sustainability Dual Major. She has extensive event organizing experience, including annual New England Food Summits, symposia such as Sustainability Unbound and Eating as a Moral Act, and many others. Since 2010, El has been deeply involved in the work of Food Solutions New England (FSNE), helping to design and implement key network activities.
El holds a Master of Public Administration degree and a graduate certificate in Sustainability Politics and Policy from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing and literature from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and a bachelor degree in anthropology from the University of New Hampshire. Her book of poems, Earlier Heaven, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2018.