Our Heroes is a regular series that highlights the work and the daily lives of people who are making major changes in the world of food and agriculture!
We chatted with Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance Jose Oliva about how he became involved in labor issues within the food industry, some of the biggest challenges the Alliance faces and how the Alliance's work inspires a more sustainable food system.
Cari Watkins-Bates, Assistant Land Conservation Director for Scenic Hudson, directs the group's farmland protection work. Read on to learn more.
Gabriella Stern, Publicity Manager for Union Square Greenmarket, talks about the role farmers' markets play in cultivating a resilient food system.
Meet Madi Holtzman, director of the US branch of Toast Ale, which repurposes day-old bread into beer. Read more about Madi and Toast Ale's solution to surplus.
New York City now has the largest organics collection in the nation and is determined to deliver no waste to landfills by 2030. Meet the person who's overseeing the roll out of composting and food waste solutions aimed at achieving that goal.
Laura Lengnick, a big thinker with deep expertise on agriculture and the environment, has witnessed the problems of the US industrial food system, which has inspired her to help build a more resilient food system.
Kendra Ellis is the 22-year-old manager of the East New York Farms! Youth Farm, farming under an acre of land in East New York. We caught up with Kendra to learn more about her journey to become a young farmer in Brooklyn and about East New York Farms!.
Chef Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota) has gained international attention for his work at The Sioux Chef, a culinary venture that highlights indigenous foods. We spoke with Chef Sherman to explore the sustainability of indigenous food systems and better understand his team's approach to food.
Dave Llewellyn is the Director of Farm Stewardship at Glynwood, a non-profit organization supporting food and farming professionals across New York's Hudson Valley. Learn more about the advice Dave has for high school and college students interested in a career in farming and how Glynwood is responding to the challenge that climate change poses to agriculture.
Learn why Andrew Gunther, executive director of A Greener World, feels that not all beef is the same when it comes to the water footprint of beef, why it's important that all meat producers don't get lumped together and why he is committed to helping people understand the differences between conventional and pasture-based meat.
Kellee James is the Founder and CEO of Mercaris, a market data service and trading platform for organic, non-GMO and other identity-preserved agricultural commodities. Kellee offers perspective on the challenges and rewards of bringing innovative food system solutions to life.
Meet Kelly Hunter Foster, senior attorney at Waterkeeper Alliance. Kelly manages several campaigns, including Clean Water Act-related legal actions against the government and polluters. Read on to learn what Kelly thinks can be done to hold agribusiness more accountable - and what inspires her.
Meet Regina Northouse, executive director of Food Recovery Network which has recovered and donated more than 1.5 million pounds of food that otherwise would have gone to waste. Read on to find out what students have taught her about making a positive impact and what she would change about the food system.
Jen Campbell serves as Farm Director for the Bayard Cutting Arboretum CSA in Great River, New York, and 2017 marks her fourth year in this role. Read on to learn what inspires Jen, what is the one thing she wishes more people knew about sustainable agriculture and how the Bayard Cutting Arboretum CSA got its start.
From her extensive background in food law and her current role at the First Nations Development Institute, A-dae Romero-Briones has a unique vantage point from which to speak about the intersection of food sovereignty, environmental justice and indigenous rights. Prepare to get inspired!
After serving seven years as Regional Administrator for Region 2 of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Judith Enck has begun the next chapter in her career. Ms. Enck recently became the inaugural Visiting Scholar at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Read on to hear more about her thoughts on climate change and the food system - and her advice for students.