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Elizabeth has been an instrumental component to B&B's outdoor garden project. Her genuinely friendly nature exudes a dedication towards service. Anyone who spends time with Elizabeth outside can see how deep her connection is with the Earth. In addition to training staff members on how to build and take care of the plants in a raised bed, she has helped in the endeavor to maintain and progress our garden without flaw. She is a proactive professional, who has strong links with area farmers, and makes many feel at ease.


Alison Sher, Farm Liaison

Butcher & Bee, Charleston, SC

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... the way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world. Daily, our eating turns nature into culture, transforming the body of the world into our bodies and minds.

Michael Pollen

About Crop Up 

Elizabeth Beak has a deep love for working with others to cultivate a more vibrant, sustainable and equitable food system. She was certified in Permaculture Design in 1999. She completed the farm and garden apprenticehip program at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz in 2003. 

Elizabeth spent ten years learning and collaborating with others interested in connecting people to healthy food in California. (Coordinating garden-based nutrition education programs in the public school system; piloting farmers markets in low-income neighborhoods; working on farms; and managing farmers markets). She moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 2009 to work with some of the talented growers and enthusiastic eaters in the southeast. Elizabeth was a South Carolina delegate at Slowfood International's Terra Madre Conference in 2010. In 2011, Elizabeth founded Crop-Up LLC, a consulting practice that worked on food-based community projects in urban areas. In 2014 Elizabeth was accepted as a food systems fellow at University of Georgia. She is combining UGA's Masters in Environmental Planning and Design degree with a graduate certificate program in food policy through the Friedman School of Nutrition, Science and Policy at Tufts Univeristy. Elizabeth enjoys collaborating with people across disciplins on well-designed, innovative approaches that can help weave healthy food and back into the urban fabric and cultural practices of our cities. 




Katy Quinn is a graduate of the College of Charleston, where she majored in Political Science and Sociology with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability. She has always had a great interest in community development, outreach, and food systems and is excited to be a part of Crop-Up where she can help grow South Carolina’s sustainable agriculture community.


Katy comes to Crop-Up LLC with a background in marketing and public relations. She looks forward to using these skills to promote community-based food projects as our Marketing & Volunteer Coordinator. She especially enjoys working in the garden with volunteers and cultivating lasting connections with community members. Katy completed horticulture class through the Clemson University extension program, a master gardeners program, and a permaculture certificate program.  She looks forward to continuing to both engage with and learn from others to develop more sustainable urban communities. She currently coordinates the Romney Urban Garden Site.