ROSALIE GILLIS-MADDEN, M.Sc., PAg., CCA
On-Farm Climate Action Fund Technical Project Manager
Rosalie has a B.Sc. from McGill University and has been a Certified Crop Adviser since 2010 and Professional Agrologist with the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists since 2014. She completed her M.Sc. at Dalhousie University in 2015 where she studied the nitrogen dynamics of novel green manures in Eastern Canada.
Rosalie worked for University of Vermont (UVM) Extension for four years conducting applied agricultural research and outreach in field crops, working closely with the dairy sector. As part of the Northwest Crops and Soils Program at UVM Extension, Rosalie worked equally with conventional and organic practices, conducting farmer-driven research and coordinating field days, conferences, workshops, and annual meetings in order to bring the results of the Northwest Crops and Soils Program’s research to farmers, agricultural service providers, industry representatives, legislators, and the public.
Rosalie was Perennia’s Vegetable Specialist for seven years and served as a resource to producers in all aspects of vegetable production. Rosalie has recently transitioned into a new position as the On-Farm Climate Action Fund Technical Project Manager. In this role, Rosalie is working with farmers and agronomists to implement the best management practices outlined by the On-Farm Climate Action Fund: improving nitrogen management, increasing the adoption of cover crops, and normalizing rotational grazing. She is passionate about sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and brings over a dozen years of applied agriculture experience to the table to assist farmers in adopting new, more sustainable practices. Rosalie’s strengths are in applied research, soil science, written and oral communication, and extension education. She works to support farmers and strives to enable informed decisions about best management practices that are suitable to each farm and business model. Rosalie has written over a hundred journal articles, technical bulletins, fact sheets, and research reports, as well as starred in and produced several instructional YouTube videos.