Jake is a New York City-based attorney and strategic consultant with experience in sustainable food & agriculture, environmental conservation, social enterprise and philanthropy. He is currently a Program Analyst with the Open Space Institute, a $200m regional land conservancy, and has previously worked on the Legal Team at the Acumen Fund, a $100m global social venture fund. He was also, once, a professional cook. Beinecke serves on the Board of Directors of the Prospect Hill Foundation, the Global Greengrants Fund, and Page73, and is a former Executive Director of the Law and Social Entrepreneurship Association. A lifelong New Yorker, Beinecke graduated from Trinity School, Columbia University and New York University’s School of Law. He has traveled extensively, but currently lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn with his girlfriend Julia, where he does his best to go after it, often on skis or a fish, wearing hiking boots or with a golf club in hand.
Joe is the founder of Vermont Bean Crafters, a four-year-old company that creates products that fill the niche of what people are actually eating, with foods that can be created from locally-grown ingredients, and prepared in a more inspiring manner than what is currently available in the food system at large.
Bossen is enrolled in the Vermont Farm Viability Program, in which he is initiating a project to bring Vermont’s staple food economy to the next level with support from the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, the University of Vermont’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the state’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.
Elizabeth has been farming at Peacework Farm in Wayne County, New York, and has been producing organically grown vegetables for the fresh market for over 30 years. She is a founding member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) in Massachusetts, has been on the Board of Directors of NOFA-NY since 1989, and represents NOFA in the national discussions of organic standards and on the Management Committee of the Agricultural Justice Project. She chairs the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board in Wayne County and helped organize the Domestic Fair Trade Association. Henderson has been honored by the organic industry with one of the first “Spirit of Organic” awards (2001), by Abundance Co-op with its Cooperating for Communities award (2007), and by NOFA-NY with a Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). Her writings on organic agriculture appear in The Natural Farmer and the NOFA-NY Food, Farms and Folks. One of the authors of The Real Dirt: Farmers Tell about Organic and Low-Input Practices in the Northeast, she is also lead author of Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea Green, 1999, with a new edition in 2007) and wrote A Manual of Whole Farm Planning (2003) with Karl North. With her former farm partner she wrote A Food Book for a Sustainable Harvest for the members of the Genesee Valley Organic Community Supported Agriculture Project (GVOCSA). Peacework Organic Farm supplies vegetables to the 300-member GVOCSA, now in its twenty-fourth year.
Wes is the founder and current president of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. He resigned a tenured professorship to found The Land Institute in 1976 in order to focus on refashioning agriculture to mimic natural systems. Jackson is a Pew Scholar, MacArthur Fellow, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award. His books include Man and the Environment, New Roots for Agriculture, Meeting the Expectations of the Land (edited with Wendell Berry and Bruce Colman), Altars of Unhewn Stone, Becoming Native to This Place, Consulting the Genius of the Place, and Nature as Measure. Life magazine named Jackson one of 18 individuals it predicts will be among the 100 “most important Americans of the 20th century.” He was named one of Smithsonian magazine’s “35 who made a difference” in November 2005.
Lisi is a professor of economics at the State University of New York, Cortland. Her areas of specialization are labor economics, the political economy of women, environmental and resource economics, and ecological economics. For her doctoral dissertation, she undertook an institutional analysis of the shortage of professional nurses in U.S. hospitals. She has published in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, The Journal of Economic Issues, and Contemporary Sociology. Her present research concentrates on U.S. land policies with an emphasis on the influence of those policies on the settlement and land use of the western United States. Krall received her B.S. in anthropology from the University of Utah and her Ph.D. in economics, also from the University of Utah, in 1989. She is the author of Proving Up, a history of the domestication of land in the United States.
Benneth is a farmer with a decade of farming experience in the Northeast. She works directly with farmers and food system enterprises to grow their businesses and obtain financing, in her capacity at The Carrot Project (www.thecarrotproject.org). The year-round CSA Benneth developed at Enterprise Farm in Whately, Massachusetts, works in conjunction with a unique distribution system of collaborating farms up and down the East Coast foodshed. Benneth holds a Master’s degree in Land Use Planning; her academic work focused on the intersections between agriculture and larger-scale land use issues, including community food systems, food security, and agricultural land use patterns. Benneth spends her free time developing her own farm in the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts. You can follow her progress at www.mosaicfarm.com.
Rebecca is the West Coast Director at the Center for Food Safety. Spector has been working in the environmental and agricultural sector for more than 20 years, with expertise in policy development, grassroots campaigns, fundraising, and organic farming. She joined Center for Food Safety in 2000, and as West Coast Director champions policy initiatives at the state and federal level and coordinates public outreach campaigns to promote healthy, safe and sustainable food systems. Her experience includes establishing regulations to limit the production of genetically engineered (GE) fish in California, and writing and sponsoring numerous legislative initiatives including state bills to require labeling of GE foods, labeling of GE fish, labeling of food from cloned animals, and farmer protections from GMO contamination. Previously, she served as director of development at Green Seal, the first U.S. product eco-labeling organization, and at Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet she spearheaded its organic cotton marketing campaign. Spector is associate editor of Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture and Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food. She has authored numerous articles and essays including “Livestock Cloning and the Quest for Industrial Perfection” in CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories and “Fully Integrated Food Systems: Regaining Connections between Farmers and Consumers” in Fatal Harvest. For ten years, Spector was co-owner of the first certified organic farm in Half Moon Bay, California, and created its community supported agriculture (CSA) and farmers’ market programs that served hundreds of families in the Bay Area. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.
Kendra is a land access specialist, farmer and activist. As leader of California FarmLink’s Central Valley programs for five years, she helped farmers with land access, farm transitions and farm business needs. She has worked with Yolo Land Trust in the development of an unusual small-farm easement, and currently coordinates “One Farm at a Time,” a farm preservation campaign in the Sacramento Valley. She serves on board of directors for FarmLink.
Kendra’s first efforts to do something practical with her environmental studies degree got her a solid background in horticulture, urban ag-education, landscape design and landscape restoration. Her interest in beginning farmers developed over four years operating a successful market garden and community supported agriculture (CSA) project in the Bay Area. Later, Kendra earned a Master of Science in Community Development from UC Davis, where she researched ways in which agricultural conservation easements can improve land access for farmers. Now married to a salmon conservationist and back in her home county of Sonoma, Kendra raises their two-year-old twins.
Severine is a farmer, activist, and organizer based in the Champlain Valley of New York. She is co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition and director of The Greenhorns, a grassroots organization that recruits, promotes and supports the growing tribe of new agrarians. Greenhorns runs a weekly radio show on Heritage Radio Network, a popular blog, young farmer publications, podcasts, mixers, a Seed Circus and educational events for young farmers, aspiring farmers and families all around the country. It may be best known for it’s documentary film, “The Greenhorns.”
Severine has delighted in learning, connecting and collaborating with hundreds of young entreprenerial farmers throughout the country. One of many fruits of Greenhorns includes FarmHack, a growing repository of practical farming innovation.
Severine attended Pomona College and University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.S. in Conservation/AgroEcology. She co-founded the Pomona Organic Farm, founded UC Berkeley’s Society for Agriculture and Food Ecology.
Tianna Kennedy is a farmer, educator, writer and project manager with extensive experience in creating important public access spaces in increasingly privatized spaces. She currently leads operations and expansion at Burnett Farms in Bovina Center, NY and is concurrently developing New American Farmer Training program with the Center for Agriculture Development and Entrepreneurship. She is founding member of the Empty Vessel Project, a center that fosters projects focused on Sustainable Living in Urban Landscapes. You can find her in the fields, on the water, in the desert or playing the cello.
Brooke Werley is a farmer and freelance writer living in Northern Vermont. She has worked on and managed diversified farms in New Mexico, Massachusetts and Vermont. She spent many years travelling the land, developing a high regard for our land and agricultural roots, and finding a home in many places. She believes strongly in the importance of fair access to land, especially for growing food. Find her writing in our land access stories and at thisgrowingup.wordpress.com.