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!
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.
Dr. Brian Frank practices family medicine Portland, Oregon and is part of a growing movement in health care that helps food insecure patients access healthy, locally-grown produce through community supported agriculture, vouchers for farmers' markets and "food pharmacies" at hospitals. Such forward-thinking strategies are a win-win for both patients and local economies.
Are there any companies out there making delicious chocolate the right way, without hurting people or the planet? Thankfully, there are. To learn more about the bright side of the chocolate industry, we reached out to sustainable chocolate pioneer Pierrick Chouard of Vintage Plantations whose artisanal chocolate was developed to help protect small farmers and the environment.
We talk with Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest Food Bank, about what inspires her, what she would change about the food system and how technology has helped her group fight hunger and food waste.
Aziz Dehkan is the Executive Director of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, which promotes the preservation, creation, and empowerment of community gardens. Read our interview to learn about the fascinating history of community gardens in NYC, and how these gardens are an amazing asset to any community.
Meet Gary Oppenheimer, the force behind AmpleHarvest.org, a nationwide nonprofit aimed at diminishing home and community garden food waste which results in significantly reduced hunger and malnutrition while improving the environment. Read on to find out what inspires Gary and what led him to create AmpleHarvest.org.
Meet Sarah Phillips: baking expert, cookbook author, photographer and founder of Ugly Produce Is Beautiful, a brilliantly clever way of encouraging people to buy and cook with ugly produce while reducing and preventing food waste.
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.
Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of Iowa, is the author of numerous books, poetry and plays. The plays, based on hours of conversations with Iowans, draw on an oral history tradition, presenting rural stories in people's own words. With rural issues in the spotlight following the election, we spoke with Mary about her work, the rural-urban divide and the role art plays in challenging times.
No organization knows the downsides of food waste better than the EPA, the agency that helps monitor food waste and regulate its management. Find out all the interesting tools, competitions and initiatives the EPA has created to help take a big bite out of food waste in the United States.
We talk with David Kanter, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University, about the problems caused by nitrogen pollution and how we can better manage this critical resource.
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.
Dr. Christopher Gobler and his lab at Stony Brook University are performing pioneering research investigating the causes and effects of harmful algal blooms in aquatic ecosystems, including the terrible toxic algae outbreak in Florida this summer.
Post Carbon Institute supports the transition to a more resilient, equitable and sustainable world. Here, PCI's Executive Director Asher Miller talks about what he sees as the biggest barriers to bringing about a more sustainable food system and what makes him hopeful that we can make things right.