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Tamar Adler

The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Tamar Adler is the award-winning and James Beard nominated author of An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace. She cooked at Chez Panisse, was the founding head chef of Farm 255 in Athens, Georgia, and ran one of the first meat CSAs in the country. Tamar has taught writing at Smith and cooking at the Edible Schoolyard. Her work can be found in the New York Times, the New Yorker.com, Food & Wine, and Saveur, among other publications.




Tanya Fields

The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Tanya Fields is Executive Director of The BLK ProjeK. Inspired by her experiences as a single working mother in a marginalized community Executive Director Tanya Fields created and founded the BLK ProjeK in 2009.Tanya used her experiences as an underserved, low income woman and mother to inform and enrich the work of several high profile local environmental organizations such Mothers on the Move, Sustainable South Bronx and Majora Carter Group. The BLK ProjeK seeks to create economic development opportunities that address food justice, environmental justice and public and mental health issues. By empowering underserved women of color through political education, beautification of community spaces, urban farming and holistic health programming, by creating equal access to these enriching experiences for under-served women of color, we strengthen and empower our entire society. For the last year, the BLK ProjeK has run quarterly Bronx Grub community meals. They recently brought the Bronx Grub series to the BMW Guggenheim Lab with over 125 visitors in an hour span. They are currently working with Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo to create an urban farm called the Libertad Urban Farm in the Longwood community in the Bronx and have foraged an formal relationship with Wassiac Community Farm in upstate New York. They were nominated for a 2011 Union Square Award and are opening a year-long community led farmers market in the Bronx — the Green BLK Market which has received funding to incubate site specific healthy food vendors. Tanya holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science with a concentration in Black and Hispanic Studies from Baruch College.


Yoni Freedhoff

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, MD, CCFP, graduated with honors from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, where he received the Betty Stewart Sisam Award as the graduating student who “has shown the greatest human understanding and care for the welfare and health of patients.” He is widely considered to be Canada’s most outspoken obesity expert and he’s been labeled “Canada’s nutritional watchdog” by the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Dr. Freedhoff writes regularly on issues of health, weight management, nutrition, patient advocacy and fitness for a variety of publications including US News and World Report, Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, as well as daily on his award winning blog Weighty Matters. He is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa and a sought after international speaker and media personality. His advocacy efforts have seen him testifying in front of the Canadian House of Parliament on the shortcomings of Canada’s Food Guide, debating PepsiCo’s former VP of Health at an American Heart Association conference, and shutting down a fat-shaming ride at Disney’s Epcot centre. Dr. Freedhoff’s first book, “The Diet Fix: Why Everything You’ve Been Taught about Dieting is Wrong and the 10 Day Plan to Fix It”, will be published by Random House in Spring 2014. Dr. Freedhoff’s proudest achievement to date however is being the dad (or so he’s told) of three lovely little girls.


Mary Hendrickson

The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Mary Hendrickson is Director of the Food Circles Networking Project, an extension program that links farmers and consumers together in local food systems, at the University of Missouri. Her research and extension program focuses on understanding the changes taking place in the global food system and helps farmers, eaters, and communities create profitable alternatives. She has worked extensively with community groups working to increase the amount of fresh, flavorful and nutritious food available by providing technical assistance on marketing, business planning, feasibility studies, food safety and consumer preferences to farmers and community groups. She has helped agricultural cooperatives such as the Ozark Mountain Pork Cooperative, one of the nation’s premier suppliers of natural pork, organize and connect with consumers, and worked with individual farmers to refine marketing plans and make connections with grocers, distributors, and chefs. She is currently working with stakeholders in the Kansas City area to establish a Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, and has provided trainings to school food service directors, extension educators, farmers and policy-makers on emerging farm to school opportunities. She is a popular speaker who helps explain the production side of the agriculture and food system to health advocates, faith groups and community organizations; and the consumer side of food and agriculture to farmers and farmer organizations.

Hendrickson serves as the Associate Director for the University of Missouri Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture Program. She participated in the International Assessment of Agriculture Science and Technology for Development as a coordinating lead author on the North America Europe sub-global report. She has served as President of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (2006-2007) and as President of the Community Food Security Coalition (2001-2003), a national organization of community-based sustainable agriculture, hunger, and environmental groups. From 2003-2005, she was a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a program funded by the Kellogg Foundation.

Hendrickson is the recipient of the 2002 Cooperative Service Award presented by the National Farmers Union. Hendrickson holds a bachelors of science in agribusiness from the University of Nebraska, and a masters and Ph.D. in rural sociology from the University of Missouri. Occasionally, Hendrickson helps her brother on the family farm near Shickley, NE.


Sandor Katz

The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Sandor Ellix Katz, a native of New York City transplanted twenty years ago to rural Tennessee, is a fermentation revivalist. His interest in fermentation grew out of overlapping interests in gardening, nutrition, and cooking. He was inspired to make his first batch of sauerkraut by an over-abundance of cabbage in his garden in 1993, and became obsessed with fermentation. In 2001, Sandor self-published a zine called Wild Fermentation, in order to share what he had learned, empower people with fermentation skills and information, and more broadly to help demystify fermentation for people taught to fear bacteria. Sandor soon expanded Wild Fermentation into a book, which was published by Chelsea Green Publishers in 2003.

The cross-country book tour Sandor organized to promote Wild Fermentation introduced him to many different food-related social movements and grassroots projects to reclaim food, which inspired him to write his next book, The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved (Chelsea Green, 2006). He has continued teaching and writing about fermentation, and the hundreds of workshops he has taught across North America and beyond, along with his books, have helped to catalyze a broad revival of the fermentation arts. According to the New York Times, “Mr. Katz has become for fermentation what Timothy Leary was for psychedelic drugs: a charismatic, consciousness-raising thinker and advocate who wants people to see the world in a new way.”

Sandor’s latest book is The Art of Fermentation (Chelsea Green, 2012). In his books and in his workshops and talks, he addresses fermentation in the broader contexts of biological evolution and human cultural evolution, and the nutritional, economic, and political necessity of reclaiming our food from centralized corporate control. Sandor sees fermentation as an integral element of agriculture, sustainable food systems, relocalization, and healthy eating. For more information on Sandor and his work, check out his website www.wildfermentation.com.

Teresa Mares

The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Teresa Mares is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont and is affiliated with the Transdisciplinary Research Initiative in Food Systems. She received her B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Anthropology and Foreign Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Spanish from Colorado State University (2002), and her M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2010) in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. She also completed a graduate certificate in Women Studies at the University of Washington. Prior to coming to UVM, Dr. Mares was a Social and Behavioral Sciences Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Ohio State University.

Dr. Mares’ research focuses on the intersection of food and migration studies, and she is particularly interested in the ways that the diets and foodways of Latino/a immigrants change as a result of migration. Her dissertation We Are Made of Our Food: Latino/a Immigration and the Practices and Politics of Eating investigated how the claims of Latino/a immigrants to food justice and food entitlements are made, reshaped, and denied in Seattle, Washington. Analytically, Dr. Mares engages with theories and concepts of citizenship and transnationalism, identity and foodways, and contemporary social movements. She is committed to applied, community-based ethnographic methodologies and is currently developing a new project on food access and food security among Latino/a dairy workers in Vermont.

Recent publications include a forthcoming article entitled “Here We Have the Food Bank”: Latino/a Immigration and the Contradictions of Emergency Food” in Food and Foodways, “Tracing Immigrant Identity Through the Plate and the Palate” in Latino Studies, Vol. 10.3 (2012), “Mapping the Food Movement: Addressing Inequality and Neoliberalism” (co-written with Alison Alkon) in Environment and Society: Advances in Research, Vol. 2 (2011); and a chapter entitled “Environmental and Food Justice: Toward Local, Slow, and Deep Food Systems” (co-written with Devon Peña) in the edited volume Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability (MIT Press 2011). During the 2012-2013 school year, Dr. Mares is teaching courses on Food, Culture, and Politics, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnographic Field Methods, and The Anthropology of Food and Gender.


Gary Nabhan

The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. He has been been honored as a pioneer and creative force in the “local food movement” and seed saving community by Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, Bioneers, New York Times and Time magazine. As the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona Southwest Center, he works with students, faculty and non-profits to build a more just, nutritious, sustainable and climate-resilient foodshed spanning the U.S./Mexico border. He was among the earliest researchers to promote the use of native foods in preventing diabetes, especially in his role as a co-founder and researcher with Native Seeds/SEARCH. Gary is also personally engaged as an orchard-keeper, wild foods forager and pollinator habitat restorationist working from his small farm in Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexican border. He has helped forge “the radical center” for collaborative conservation among farmers, ranchers, indigenous peoples and environmentalists in the West. He played key roles in establishing the Ironwood Forest National Monument, community-based seed banks, land reserves for conserving wild crop relatives, and restored habitats for migratory pollinators throughout the West.

Agricultural historian Peter Hatch of Monticello has called Nabhan “the lyrical scholar of genetic diversity.” As an Arab-American essayist and poet, he is author or editor of twenty-four books, some of which have been translated into Arabic, Spanish, Italian, French, Croation, Korean, Chinese and Japanese. For his creative writing and its influence on community-based conservation, he has been honored with a MacArthur “genius” award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Southwest Book Award, the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, the Vavilov Medal, and several honorary degrees and lifetime achievement awards. He works most of the year as a research scientist at Tumamoc Hill and the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, but he is also engaged with several food justice and farming alliances, including Sabores Sin Fronteras, Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance, Wild Farm Alliance, Renewing America’s Food Traditions, and the Borderlands Habitat Restoration Initiative. Nabhan is humbled and honored to serve as a professed Ecumenical Franciscan brother, helping the Franciscan Action Network in shaping ethical responses to environmental injustice, to immigration issues and to climate change.


Chuck Ross

Chuck Ross was appointed as the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets by Governor Peter Shumlin and took office in January of 2011.

Prior to his current role as Secretary, he served as U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s State Director for 16 years. Before joining Leahy’s staff, Ross was a farmer and legislator from Hinesburg, Vermont.

Ross has served in the Vermont State Legislature; on the Board of Directors at Shelburne Farms; on the Advisory Board of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont; as an advisory member of the Vermont Council on Rural Development; as a trustee at Fletcher Allen Health Care; as a trustee at the University of Vermont; and also served as a member of his local and regional planning commissions.

Ross is currently the Chair of the Sustainable Ag Council, Chair of the Farm Viability Advisory Board, a member of Vermont Housing Conservation Board, a member of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, and serves on the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s Farm to Plate Steering Committee.
Born in Burlington, Vermont, he graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Geography in 1978 and from the University of Washington with an M.A. in Geography in 1982. Ross is married with three children and lives in Hinesburg, Vermont.


Thomas Vogelmann

Thomas C. Vogelmann became 11th Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of the Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Vermont (UVM) in 2009, after holding positions of Interim Dean from July 2008 and Professor and Chair of the Department of Plant Biology from 2002. A graduate of Syracuse University (Ph.D.), Washington State University (M.S.) and the University of Vermont (B.S.), Dr. Vogelmann worked for eighteen years at the University of Wyoming, where he attained the rank of Professor of Botany. He also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Lund in Lund, Sweden, and Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

Dr. Vogelmann has received numerous awards and other recognitions for his teaching, research, and service, including the Robertson Lecture for outstanding contributions to plant physiology conferred by the Australian and New Zealand Societies for Plant Physiology. Dr. Vogelmann specializes in plant physiology and has published more than eighty scientific papers in refereed journals, books, and technical proceedings on photosynthesis and plant growth and development.


Karen Washington

The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Karen Washington has lived in New York City all her life, and has been a resident of the Bronx for over 26 years. Since 1985 Karen has been a community activist, striving to make New York City a better place to live. As a community gardener and board member of the New York Botanical Gardens, Karen has worked with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens. As an advocate, she has stood up and spoken out for garden protection and preservation. As a member of the La Familia Verde Garden Coalition, she helped launched a City Farms Market, bringing garden fresh vegetables to her neighbors. Karen is a Just Food board member and Just Food Trainer, leading workshops on food growing and food justice for community gardeners all over the city. Karen is a board member and former president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, a group that was founded to preserve community gardens. She also Co- Founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. In 2012, Ebony Magazine named her one of their 100 Power Recipients of the most influential African Americans. Professionally Karen has been a Physical Therapist for over 30 years, and she continues to balance her professional life with community service.


David Zuckerman

The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Dave Zuckerman is the founder of Full Moon Farm, a NOFA-certified, successful, organic farm. He co-owns it with his wife Rachel Nevitt, in Hinesburg, VT.

In 2012, Zuckerman was elected to serve in the Vermont State Senate representing Chittenden County.

Zuckerman served for fourteen years (1996-2010) in the Vermont House of Representatives as a Progressive, representing the City of Burlington’s District 3-4. He served on the Natural Resources and Energy Committee (6 years), Agriculture Committee (6 years, 4 as Chair) and Ways and Means Committee (2 years). He took a leadership role on a number of issues including renewable energy, affordable housing, livable wages, instant run-off voting (and other election reform measures), GMO legislation, universal healthcare, progressive taxation, marriage equality, and end of life choices.
Zuckerman ran for the Vermont House in 1994 while enrolled at the University of Vermont. He lost by only 59 votes, but came back two years later to become the fourth Progressive Party member to serve in the State House.

Dave Zuckerman has extensive leadership and collaborative experience locally and regionally from serving on:

  • The Burlington Electric Commission (1995-1998)
  • The American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Committee (2002-2004)
  • Membership on the Chittenden County Farm Bureau
  • Membership in the Northeast Organic Farming Association-VT
  • Membership in Rural Vermont
  • Served as a Burlington Progressive Party Steering Committee Member
  • Served on the Burlington Ward 1 Neighborhood Planning Assembly (NPA)

Zuckerman has been recognized by the following Vermont organizations for his leadership on a range of issues in Montpelier:

  • Vermont Children’s’ Forum (2002)
  • Women Helping Battered Women (2007)
  • Vermont Natural Resources Council (2008)

Zuckerman is a UVM graduate (Class of 1995), with a degree in Environmental Studies. He and his wife, Rachel Nevitt, built a successful organic farm at Burlington’s Intervale. In 2009 they moved their farm to 150 acres (610,000 m2) in Hinesburg where they grow 20 acres (81,000 m2) of vegetables, and raise 1000 chickens. Their produce is almost exclusively sold within Chittenden County. They operate a summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) with 275 members, a winter CSA with 125 members, and sell year round at the local Burlington farmers’ market.


Musical Performance by Chris Dorman

In a decade’s time Chris Dorman has performed for audiences all over the country. He started in his home state of Michigan like most young musicians in coffee shops, open mics and street corners, and then on into larger venues and theaters. After the birth of his son, Henry, he was moved to take his music into schools. His passion to work with children and dedication to building community earned him a membership in the Earthwork Music Collective, based in Michigan. As an active member of the collective, Chris has released two full length albums and created and facilitated workshops that encourage creativity, confidence, and environmental stewardship for students Preschool age through 12th grade. In 2009, Chris moved to Vermont with his partner Corie, and their son, Henry to pursue Corie’s passion for farming. They now own and live on conserved farm land they named, Bread and Butter Farm. At the farm, Chris facilitates live concert experiences at their popular Burger Night events and has launched Music for Sprouts, a music and movement program for 0-3 year olds. More information at www.chrisdormanmusic.com

Master of Ceremonies

John Bramley

Dr. A. John Bramley most recently served as Interim President at the University of Vermont. Bramley, a longstanding member of the UVM faculty, has served as Department Chair of Animal Sciences, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Provost and Senior Vice President of the University. In 2006 he also served as Acting President during President Daniel Mark Fogel’s illness. From 2007 to 2011 he was President and CEO of the Windham Foundation, the largest private foundation registered in Vermont. John Bramley was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He graduated with first class honors B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1971 and completed his Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Reading in 1975. His research focused on bovine mastitis and he led a team of UVM researchers in cloning a gene that has led to the world’s first mastitis-resistant animals. He is the author of some 150 research papers, review articles, and book chapters. He held the rank of professor in Animal Sciences and in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and was awarded emeritus status in 2008. Dr. Bramley was honored by the Green Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America as their Distinguished Citizen of the Year. He was an inaugural inductee of the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame and is a member of the Vermont Academy of Sciences. In July, 2011 the Windham Foundation announced the creation of the A. John Bramley Lecture Series, designed to focus on preserving Vermont’s rural communities.