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Staff

Director of Conservation Strategies

 Busy Shires

Busy Shires

Director of Conservation Strategies, Horse Farms Forever®

Busy Shires is a land conservation professional with 16 years’ experience facilitating land conservation projects. Her goal is to work with landowners, agencies, and land trust partners to protect farmlands for future generations. Busy’s family owns and operates Gold Leaf Farm in Alachua, FL.

Director of Communications

Michelle Grald

Michelle Grald

Director of Communications, Horse Farms Forever®

Michelle Grald is a communications professional and lifelong equestrian. She most recently spent six years working for the Green Mountain Horse Association in Vermont, managing their trails and landowner relations. She is an accomplished writer, author, and speaker on the topic of equestrian trails and open space. In the previous 30 years, her career assignments in advertising, high tech and publishing enabled her to build a versatile set of skills in both digital and print media. She relocated to greater Ocala in 2019 with a passion for open spaces and beautiful places. It didn’t take long for she and the HFF team to find each other. Michelle and her husband, Eric, are avid distance trail riders.

Horse Farms Forever®

Horse Farms Forever®, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as well as a 501(c)3 with the IRS.

Our mission is to inspire the conservation of horse farms by preserving the natural pasture land for horses and their habitats, and to protect the soil and water on which they depend, while minimizing land use conflicts in Ocala/Marion County, Florida.

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