As Children’s Farmyard Manager, Noel is excited to educate people of all ages about sustainable agriculture. She is especially interested in educating people about where the food they eat comes from, and in the humane treatment of animals.
Noel grew up in New Jersey, but spent summers on her grandparents farm in West Virginia, cultivating a love of animals and nature. While obtaining her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University, she gave farm tours on her college campus–it was her first experience combining education with her love of animals. She did her student teaching at The Newark Museum, using animals from the small education collection to teach kids about the importance of conservation. Noel then worked in the zoo field, caring for primates and other exotic hoofstock while earning her graduate degree in animal behavior and conservation. She missed the education field though, so Noel began working on weekends at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Here, she reconnected with her desire to educate others about animal welfare and the sustainability issues she cares deeply about. Then it was on to the Farm!