Dr. Judy St. Leger
Dr. Judy St. Leger is the new Executive Director of the American Solar Grazing Association (ASGA). She grew up in New York State and graduated from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. For the past 30 years, she’s enjoyed a brilliant career as a veterinary pathologist traveling the globe teaching and working on wildlife health. Her commitment to conservation includes not just exotic wildlife but also American farms, farmers, and farm land.
In 2009, she and her husband, Marc purchased a small, historic farm in the Mohawk River Valley of New York. They have been restoring the farm and raising grass-fed lamb and breeding stock to enhance the American lamb market. Income from the sheep pays for the farm restoration.
In 2018, Judy had her first foray into solar grazing when she partnered with another local farmer to manage vegetation on a small array. That enterprise led her to meet Lexie Hain and one thing led to another as they tend to do.
Judy’s a founding member of ASGA. She sees solar grazing and agrivoltaics as a way to keep solar farms farming. With the challenges facing the dairy industry in the northeast, shifting to sheep might just be a way to save some farm families.
This year (2022) will see the addition of both wool and conservation breeds of sheep into Judy and Marc’s flock – the result of opportunities provided by solar grazing. Be on the lookout for little black sheep eating grass and growing wool amid the panels of arrays in upstate NY. In addition to shepherding, Judy spends time riding horses and promoting her community’s rich history and exciting present.