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Lindsey was recognized as a “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama and is the recipient of the Glynwood’s “Harvest Award.” EatingWell magazine named Lindsey and “American Food Hero” and she was included among “20 Food Leaders Under 40” by Food Tank. Lindsey has given talks and keynotes on a broad range of topics over the years across the country, including a ``distinguished alumni`` keynote at Bard College in 2017.
Lindsey Lusher Shute is CEO and founder of the Farm Generations Cooperative, creators of GrowBy, and co-owner of Hearty Roots Community Farm in Clermont, New York. Lindsey co-founded the National Young Farmers Coalition and led the organization as Executive Director for a decade. Lindsey grew the organization from a few volunteer farmers to a nationwide network with 40 chapters in 28 states and a grassroots base of over 150,000.
Under Lindsey's tenure the organization launched state and national campaigns on affordable farmland; a federal campaign to recognize that ``Farming is Public Service`` and to add farmers to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; and led multiyear campaigns on two farm bills that increased funding for beginning farmers, farmers of color, land conservation, and sustainable agriculture. The organization also called out pervasive inequities in the food and agriculture, and backed this with anti oppression trainings for staff and farmer leaders across the country.
Lindsey worked closely with USDA, encouraging the agency initially to start a microlending program that has now served tens of thousands of farmers nationwide. Lindsey and her team routinely briefed the agency on the needs of young farmers and collaborated on opportunities to improve how the agency served farmers across the country.
In 2018, Lindsey campaigned with the coalition's five New York chapters, members of the New York State Assembly and Senate to pass the ``Working Farms Protection Act``. This law, the first of its kind in the country, requires the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to fund conservation easements that keep farmland affordable. This is one of many bills that state chapters of the National Young Farmers Coalition have passed to support future generations of growers through structural change.
National Young Farmers Coalition also distinguished itself in providing services and education for farmers nationwide. Projects Lindsey worked on included a guidebook to help growers understand how USDA lends farmers money; an online calculator for farmers buying land; a guidebook for growers who want to work with land conservancies; and a guidebook on becoming a certified organic farmer.
Lindsey was recognized as a “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama and is the recipient of the Glynwood’s “Harvest Award.” EatingWell magazine named Lindsey and “American Food Hero” and she was included among “20 Food Leaders Under 40” by Food Tank. Lindsey has given talks and keynotes on a broad range of topics over the years, including a ``distinguished alumni`` keynote at Bard College in 2017.
Paul Kaiser with his wife Elizabeth have operated Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, California since 2007. With a background in tropical agroforestry, natural resource management and public health in the Sahel of West Africa, Central America as well as Northern California, they had fresh insights into farming and as such developed Singing Frogs Farm’s innovative model. Their farm is multi-award winning for their highly intensive, no-till, ecological management system. They have increased their soil organic matter by over 300%, while drastically reducing their water use and generating over $100,000 per acre in sales. Recently, they have focused on teaching their model of successful small-scale, regenerative, no-till vegetable production.
His work has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs, including NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Fox and Friends, and All Things Considered. When not writing or doing geology, David plays guitar in the band Big Dirt.
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She co-authored The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health with her husband, geologist David Montgomery. From garden to gut, the book combines memoir, science, and history to tell the story of humanity’s tangled relationship with the microbial world through the lens of agriculture and medicine.
Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and radio and her soil-building regenerative gardening practices have been featured in independent and documentary films.
Anne and David have a forthcoming book to be published in Spring 2022 that explores the connections between soil health and human health.
Peña is the Founder and President of The Acequia Institute and manages the organization’s 181-acre farm in Viejo San Acacio, Colorado on Nuche-Dinè-Tiwa-Genizarx territory. The Institute’s farm has water rights on the oldest adjudicated rights in Colorado, the San Luis Peoples Acequia (April 1852). The entire parcel and water rights are held in a conservation easement emphasizing the preservation of open space, wildlife habitat, ecological restoration, and acequia farming methods, practices, and traditions. Peña also serves on the Board of Directors of Alianza Milpa. He served on the Board of Food First for eight years (2012-2020).
Dr. Peña is the author or editor of numerous award-winning books, encyclopedias, and other publications. His most recent book, Mexican-Origin Foods, Foodways, and Social Movements: Decolonial Perspectives (U. Arkansas 2017) received the “Best Edited Volume-2018” Prize from the Association for the Study of Food and Society and was deemed “Essential Reading” by Choice, American Library Association. He is currently completing work on a two volume book on acequias to be published by the University of Arizona Press.
Aaron is excited to be working with Acta Non Verba as the Farm & CSA Manager to educate K-8 youth and their families on methods and benefits of local and sustainable horticulture. It is his hope that every young person has an opportunity to participate in an outdoor classroom, to interact with the land, and contribute to the building of a just and localized food system.
Helena is the founder and director of Local Futures and The International Alliance for Localisation, and a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.
Marentes is also the founder and director of the Border Agricultural Workers Project, an effort to organize the farm workers of the US-Mexico border, especially the chile pickers, in the fields and in their communities in both sides of the border.
Under the BAWP, Marentes initiated a campaign in the border region for food sovereignty to address the issues of oppression of farm workers and the climate crisis, as a way of promoting a new model of food production and food consumption.
Another effort initiated by Marentes under the BAWP, is the Bracero Project, which is an attempt to rebuild the history of the “braceros”, to bring justice to the Mexican peasants who worked in US during the Bracero Program, from 1942 to 1964, and to use the experience of the Bracero Program to push for new more humane and dignified immigration policies.
He participates in many local, state and national organizations that deal with issues of poverty and economic inequality, and coordinates the International Committee on Migration and Rural Workers of La Vía Campesina and has attended many conferences and workshops in U.S. as well as in Mexico, Europe, India, South Africa and South East Asia, to advocate for migrant workers rights.
Marentes has received extensive recognition and many awards, including the prestigious Letelier-Moffitt National Human Rights Award.
From 2004 to 2010, Bane worked at Laceco International in Beirut as both a designer and a strategist on large-scale urban developments across the Middle East. She was part of the design team for Aaman’s (Jordan) Abdali New Downtown urban development and co-led the design of the extension of the Qatar Foundation headquarters; a gold LEED certified building winning first prize for both its design and Sustainability achievements.
After experiencing a major health crisis in 2010, due to years of exposure to chemical waste and weapons in Lebanon, Bane embarked on a long healing journey to heal herself from pre-cancer and later on autoimmune disorders. She spent the next 10 years researching the field of public health and the global epidemic of chronic illnesses such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, and allergies as well as natural and alternative treatments to fight those diseases.
In 2016, Lebanon underwent an unprecedented waste management crisis as a result of the Syrian refugee crisis, causing what many have called an ecocide that contaminated and continues to contaminate Lebanon (rated as the second most polluted place on earth and recording one of the highest and most exponential rate of cancer on the planet). In response to this crisis, Bane designed an online holistic public health protocol designed to protect the Lebanese population from chronic exposure to high levels of environmental contamination that was followed by thousands of Lebanese.
In 1998 he started a career in the organic food industry as the manager of what became in 2000 the very first organic supermarket in the Netherlands. Beside this work he studied the science of ayurveda and different other natural healing techniques.
In 2013 he did discover permaculture and from that moment he was at the beginning of his genesis. In 2015 he moved to Curacao in the Caribbean with a solid mission in his mind: to research how permaculture could make a difference in a drought stricken deforested area. With zero budget he established a food forest around his house and started to give workshops. In the same time he started a weekly organic food subscription for about 80 subscribers bringing organic food direct from the farmer to the consumer.
In 2018 he was personally asked by the minister of agriculture Sra Suzy Carmelia Romer to build up a few permaculture plots for educational purposes. In 2019 he organised for the ministry of Health Environment and Nature a intensive course syntropic agroforestry with teachers from Brazil. He is still leading a project with the aim of implementing this farming technique in Curacao. In 2019 also he has been asked by the government to become a mentor for the Regenerative Organic Agricuture Program provided by the Maharishi University in Iowa. In june he started a function as a mentor for courses hydroponics presented by the University of the West Indies in Trinidad.
He is totally convinced that food forestry as developed as syntropic agroforestry will solve most of our fundamental crisis.
Leslie has training in sustainable building, strategic planning, and facilitative leadership for social change. She has proudly served on executive committees for multiple boards, including The Green Chamber of Greater Phoenix, USGBC Arizona Chapter, and Oakland Grown, and currently serves as board co-chair for the New Economy Coalition.
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they consider themselves a land steward, in deep loving relationship with the land, people, water, and animals. their love for life has brought them into farming. they are proud to pursue their first ever farming adventure as Ancestral Acres Farm and Garden in loving relationship with Seeding Sovereignty.
they hope to be growing food with Queer/Trans Community that is centered around QTIBIPOC joy, liberation, curiosity, and play!
He is a very well know activist throughout the Latino/social justice networks in California and other states where he has been invited to present in conferences & community events about his work on immigrant rights, on which he was the main advocate of the implementation of City ID Cards in cities like San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond and that were the model adopted by the city of New York. In 2007 he created the Latin American Alliance for Immigrant Rights that launched the first Response Alert Network in case of ICE raids, which received over 100 calls a day at the time. In 2009 he launched a campaign to stop the car impoundment against unlicensed immigrant drivers in Northern California that in six months forced most major cities in Northern California to change their policies about car impoundment.
In 2011 he became increasingly involved in environment/Non-GMO advocacy co organizing the conference Justice Begins with Seeds. He was the field organizer for Spanish speakers in 2012 during the historic Prop. 37 campaign in California, in which Latino vote in support of GMO Labeling reached 61%, the highest in the vote preferences by ethnicities.
He is the Co-founder of the Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Coalition (BALASC), and one of the founding members of the Californians for GE Food Labeling Coalition. He is a strong supporter of a ban to prevent planting Genetically Engineered Corn in Mexico and worked closely with the leaders behind it, until the new president AMLO make a public statement saying that Mexico does not need GMO corn and that is out of question.
For years he hosted educational radio programs in Spanish at a commercial radio station in San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area in which he educated about urban farming, sustainability, environmental & food issues. After many years living in the Mission District of San Francisco and Portland Oregon, he moved back to Mexico where he currently works on his agro-ecological project in San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas, called Yok Jinix where he lives with her dog Sombra.