Savanah Laur

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Business Viability Manager


Savanah Laur joined the PFI staff in March 2024 as the business viability manager. In this role, she works to find access to capital for farms and farm-based businesses. She also offers business coaching for farmers of all experience levels and backgrounds and oversees the Savings Incentive Program.

Before going to college, Savanah spent time in the Willing Workers on Organic Farms program, also known as WWOOF, working on farms in New York, North Carolina and Virginia. During this time, she got to travel and see a variety of agricultural systems and learn from some interesting and inspiring farmers.

Savanah received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural studies from Iowa State University, where she had the chance to explore topics from agronomy and animal science to financial management and ag economics.

Ultimately discovering a love of horticultural crops (specifically fruits and vegetables) while on a study abroad trip in Germany, she decided to get a Master of Science in horticulture from University of Georgia. Her graduate research looked at the effect of the high tunnel microclimate on crop development and quality as well as cover crop decomposition and available rates of nitrogen.

Most recently, Savanah served as a county horticulture agent for North Carolina Cooperative Extension. In that role, she worked with established and beginning farmers to offer educational programs, networking opportunities, and technical assistance for crop production.

Growing up in Georgia, Savanah developed her deep love of the outdoors, hiking and camping. When the weather is nice, she loves to hitch up her tear-drop camper, load up her dog, Irene, and head out to find a cool new camping spot.