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Dr. Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva will give the keynote on Saturday at EcoFarm. Vandana showing support in Vermont for Keep The Soil In Organic.
Vandana showing support in Vermont for Keep The Soil In Organic.

Vandana Shiva founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade in 1991..  Learn More…

Leah Penniman

Leah Penniman Smiling

Leah Penniman (li/she/ya/elle) is a Black Kreyol farmer/peyizan, mother, soil nerd, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY.  Read More…

Jean-Martin Fortier

Jean-Martin Fortier has made it his mission to share his expertise and vision to support the multiplication of small ecological farms Read more…

Onika Abraham

Onika Abraham is a parent, partner, farmer, and educator. A Farm School NYC teacher before she became Director in 2014, Onika has always been drawn to growing and teaching. Read More…

Dan Barber

Dan Barber is the chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York, and the author of The Third Plate.  Read More…

Alice Waters

Alice Waters is a chef, author, food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California (est. 1971). Read More…

Joan Dye Gussow

Joan Dye Gussow nutritional ecology

Joan Dye Gussow has an Ed.D. in Nutrition Education from Columbia’s Teachers College. Shortly after graduating, she was hired by Read more…

Eliot Coleman

Eliot Coleman speaking at farm rally

Eliot Coleman is world famous as an organic pioneer. He is a farmer, author, agricultural researcher and educator. His 1989 book Read more…

Jeff Moyer

Jeff Moyer of Rodale speaks to farmers at a rally in Jacksonville

Jeff Moyer is Executive Director of Rodale Institute. His expertise includes organic crop production systems with a focus on weed Read more…

Emily Oakley

Emily Oakley at the Real Organic Project Symposium at Dartmouth in March of 2019

Emily Oakley was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before starting Three Springs Farm with her partner, Mike, Emily worked Read more…

Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to Read more…

Marian Blom

Marian Blom speaking to a crowd

Marian Blom is widely acknowledged in the EU as the most qualified expert on organic greenhouse standards. She has worked Read more

Jessie Buie

Jesse Buie head shot outside

Jesse Buie has been farming for 20 years and currently works as President/Farmer of Ole Brook Organics, Inc, which has been Read more…

Barbara Damrosch

Barbara Damrosch speaks at farm rally

Barbara Damrosch has worked professionally in the field of horticulture since 1977. She writes, consults and lectures on gardening Read more…

Will Raap

Will Raap speaking to a crowd of organic farmers at a rally in Vermont

Will Raap is an environmental entrepreneur and founder and Chair of Gardener’s Supply, the first national company to offer the best Read more…

Maddie Kempner

Maddie Kempner speaks to organic farmers at a rally in Vermont

Maddie Kempner is the Policy Director of NOFA VT. Maddie worked with the VT Right to Know GMOs Coalition to help pass Vermont’s Read more…

Walter Jehne

Walter Jehne kicking out his foot while standing with friends

Walter Jehne (the one kicking!) is an internationally recognized soil microbiologist and innovation strategist with extensive Read more…

Davey Miskell

Davey Miskell is a pioneering organic farmer from Vermont. He spent years training with the best organic farmers in the US and Europe Read more…

Dan Kittredge

Dan Kittredge BFA head shot February 2019

Dan Kittredge has been an organic farmer for more than 30 years, and is the founder and executive director of the Bionutrient Read more…

Lisa Bunin

Lisa Bunin head shot

Lisa Bunin is co-founder and director of the woman-owned consulting firm, Organic Advocacy. Lisa designs and directs projects Read more…

Ed Maltby

Ed Maltby at a farm rally with farmers and tractors

Ed Maltby, Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, is a producer with over 45 years expereince Read more…

Harriet Behar

Harriet Behar speaking event

Harriet Behar has been working extensively in the organic industry for 27 years. She has been an active independent Read more…

Dave Mortenson

David Mortensen is professor of weed and applied plant ecology in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. He is Read more…

Liz Henderson

Liz Henderson drives a tractor

Liz Henderson is a founder of Peacework Organic CSA, one of the oldest CSAs in the United States. She farmed at Peacework for Read more…

Stuart Hill

Stuart Hill smiling in the woods

Stuart Hill is a longtime friend to organic farming. He was one of the first in the scientific community to “cross the street” to the Read more…

Mary Ellen Chadd

Mary Ellen Chadd harvesting squash

Mary Ellen Chadd started Green Spark Farm in 2009 and now farms full-time year-round with her husband and two Read more…

Fred Kirschenmann

Fred Kirschenmann speaks to organic farmers at a rally

Fred Kirschenmann serves as board chair of Stone Barns Center For Food And Agriculture. He has spent most of his Read more…

Steve Ela

Steve Ela inspects an apple tree heavy with fruit

Steve Ela is a farmer from Colorado. He is co-owner of Ela Family Farms, which has been certified organic since 1996 Read more…

Will Allen

Will Allen speaks to organic farmers at a rally in Vermont

Will Allen has taught anthropology and agriculture at the university level and has also farmed his entire life. He was Read more…

Dr. Kris Nichols

Kris Nichols head shot

Dr. Kris Nichols is a leader in the movement to regenerate soils for healthy food, people, and the planet. She is currently Read more…

Zoë Ida Bradbury

Zoe Bradbury of Valley Flora Farm headshot

Zoë Ida Bradbury was born onto a sheep ranch along the southern Oregon coast and grew up birthing lambs in the spring, watching Read more…

Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis navigates government affairs and food and agriculture policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage… Read more…

Eric Sideman

Eric Sideman smiling in a corn field

Eric Sideman is a farmer from New Hampshire who runs a PYO berry operation with his wife. He served on the National Organic Standards Board… Read more…

Jim Gerritsen

Jim Gerritsen at Vermont farm rally

Jim Gerritsen is co-owner of Wood Prairie Family Farm in Maine. Jim has been a longtime champion of organic farming, leading a lawsuit against Monsanto… Read more…

Dig2Grow

David Montgomery and Anne Biklé headshot

David Montgomery and Anne Biklé are Dig2Grow, a husband & wife and a pair of writers who live in Seattle. Dave is a Read more…