Sustainable Chesapeake is a non-profit founded to serve as a bridge between farmers and the environmental community. We work to deliver conservation outcomes that benefit both farmers and the Chesapeake Bay.


We envision a future with thriving farms and clean water throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.


Our mission is to cultivate prosperity through innovative solutions that benefit farms, communities and the Chesapeake Bay.


  • Sustainability
  • Agility
  • Data-driven
  • Practicality
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusivity


Kristen Hughes Evans

Executive Director

Kristen Hughes Evans founded Sustainable Chesapeake in 2012 to serve as a bridge between farmers and the environmental community. She works with stakeholders throughout the Chesapeake Bay region to bring innovative technologies and conservation practices to farms that support farm profit and production goals while reducing the loss of nitrogen and phosphorus to surface waters. In collaboration with farmers and conservation professionals around the region, she fosters collaboration and helps to bring financial and technical assistance resources to farms in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Prior to working with Sustainable Chesapeake, Ms. Evans served as a Virginia Staff Scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation where she worked with partners throughout the Commonwealth to bring resources to innovative agricultural projects and cost-share programs. Prior to her work with the Bay Foundation, Ms. Evans worked as a project manager with Sustainable Conservation where she collaborated with San Joaquin Valley dairy farmers, Cooperative Extension, and other regional partners to expand the use of conservation tillage for dairy forage crop production.

Ms. Evans is a certified nutrient management planner in both Maryland and Virginia and holds an M.Eng.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from the National University of Ireland, as well as an M.S. in Marine and Estuarine Environmental Science, a B.S. in Biological Resources Engineering, and a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Maryland.

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Virginia Morris

Director of Finance and Operations.

Virginia (Ginna) Morris joined Sustainable Chesapeake in June of 2020 and is currently serving as the Director of Finance and Operations. She leads the finance and operations for Sustainable Chesapeake, as well as provides support and guidance for other NGO’s, government organizations, and farm partners.

Ms. Morris graduated Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in May 2020 cum laude with a B.S. in Agribusiness Management specializing in animal and poultry sciences, as well as global food security, and has received her MS in Agricultural and Applied Economics through Virginia Tech in 2023. She traveled abroad to both Brazil and South Africa studying global sustainability and natural resources in varying classifications of development. Interning with South Mountain Creamery in Middletown, MD, she was responsible for social media marketing and agri-tourism. Ms. Morris was raised on a dairy farm converted to a beef cattle and hay farm in Frederick County, MD, giving her first-hand knowledge of the challenges of small-scale farming, and inspiring her interest in agricultural sustainability.

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Our funders and foundation partners are critical to helping us achieve our vision for thriving farms alongside healthy local streams, rivers and Chesapeake Bay

At a Glance


Over 174 Farmers Participate in our Projects