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ArchEnemyArts Gallery

Seeking to fill the need for a centralized hub focused exclusively on new contemporary genres within Philadelphia's already vibrant art scene. Voted the "Best Art Gallery in Philadelphia" on Philly HotList

Bron Marshall

"Bron is a professional recipe developer, food stylist and photographer from 'downunder' - the gorgeous South Island of New Zealand. She creates imagery for leading New Zealand brands and editorial." 

Ellen Farmer

Ellen Farmer is a freelance writer with a feral curiosity. She has published articles on the topics of organic farming, Cuban music, women’s basketball, world coffee production, alternative housing models, and more, and enjoys the act of creating poetry. She currently works at Farm Fuel Inc., a small research and development start-up dedicated to providing alternatives to petroleum-based fertilizers and chemical pesticides. You can find her at Collaborative Ventures, [email protected]

Gianna Bonis Profumo

Gianna Bonis Profumo is passionate about food and nutrition security issues, specifically those affecting women and Indigenous populations. She is qualified and experienced in Social Sciences, community development, gender-based projects and social programs evaluation. She has been involved in food security projects for over 5 years, working in Aboriginal communities with the Australian Red Cross, and in multiple permaculture and sustainable food production initiatives. As part of her Master of Development Studies, she undertook a research-based internship to produce a Briefing Paper on nutrition-sensitive agricultural development focusing on Southeast Asia. This framework, combined with her experience living at Milkwood Permaculture Farm, inspired the “Food and Nutrition Hub” project proposal, winner of the BCFN Young Earth Solutions! in 2014. Gianna is currently working on implementing the project, by running a pilot programme in Timor-Leste.    

Hannah Stephey

Hannah is an illustrator and writer from Pennsylvania. Her work varies from editorial to greeting cards. She enjoys soy lattes, pugs, and rainy days.

Heather Putnam

Heather Putnam has over 13 years’ experience working with rural farming communities and cooperatives in Mexico, Central America, South America, and East Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kansas, where she specialized in coffee livelihoods, alternative trade models, environment and development, East Africa, and Latin America. Her research currently focuses on community food security and sovereignty, participatory development processes, agroecology and climate change resiliency, and gendered rural economies.

Jeff Albucher

Husband, father, friend, lover of the earth, with kid spirit. Gardener and mixologist. Lives in Umbria and New York.

Joanna Ogorek

Food photographer and culinary journalist; passionate about food and creative with ingredients; my working goal is to produce images that capture the aroma and taste of dishes on show.

John Meadows

Grandson to farmers, a proud member of del Verziere (our Montone neighborhood of farmers) and an architect – Lives in Tucson and Montone. I keep the garden row’s straight.

Joy Thaler

Joy, a socially conscious mom and self-confessed chocoholic, is passionate about the global cocoa market, and her heart is grounded in truth and transparency. Batashoff Thaler’s efforts, in conjunction with key stakeholders across the coffee supply chain, to more accurately predict catastrophic weather events in South America drove her to better understand the needs of small holder cacao farmers looking to flee an industry that has kept them, in many cases, living below the poverty line. The fiery passion that resulted from her findings led her to start Cocoa Compassion.

Katie Jilek

Katie is the Communications and Outreach Manager for the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) in Greenwich, NY. She grew up on her family’s 650-acre dairy farm in Jackson, NY, a farm that was conserved with ASA in 2006. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and earned a masters degree from Springfield College. Upon moving back to Washington County Katie started working at ASA and enjoys the rural beauty of the region.

Kina Smith

Kina grew up on a homestead in remote Alaska. He's been working on a diverse variety of fabrication, food, music, bicycle, and technology related projects since he was a young man. He possess a Master Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program in New York City and has most recently moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, to eat good food, build some cool stuff, and watch the Aurora Borealis.

Kristina Hubbard

Organic Seed Alliance
Director of Advocacy & Communications

Lauren Lehrer

Lauren Lehrer is majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology at UCSC. She wrote this story for SCIC 160: Introduction to Science Writing.

Leanne Goetz

Leeanne Goetz is the owner of Honey Ridge Farms, founded in 2004 and located in Brush Prairie, Washington. Leeanne is part of an extended beekeeping legacy and built her business on the core belief that honey is nature's best and most delicious sweetener, producing a selection of raw honey crèmes and honey vinegars, which are available online and from select retailers. Leeanne sources her honey from a small circle of Pacific Northwest and Western beekeepers, all of whom she knows personally and professionally. Leeanne is proud to offer only superior USA honey products using raw honey that can be traced back to its origin.

Libby Barber

Employed as an architect for 30 years, Libby now divides her time between Arizona, Oregon and Montone, Italy. She loves to garden in the orto and especially enjoys eating the home-grown tomatoes.

Piero Senatore Musini

Mr. Piero Senatore Musini is an organic farmer from an established family in Italy. Mr. Musini has a deep interest in re-creating a natural environment where farming is a way in which to align the natural and human worlds. As a spiritual seeker, he believes in the fundamental goodness in all life forms. Therefore he is keen to help re-establish natural and sustainable methods of living, by using natural agricultural practice and yogic farming techniques. While these methods affirm the influence of the farmer on the environment in which he or she works, they also support a move towards a way of living that is sustainable, as well as supporting relationships of sharing and healthy consumption

Sherif Mokbel

I make films, shoot photos and everything in between. Spending most of the year traveling between Dubai, New York and Poland shooting projects and making friends. Inspiration always comes over a warm cup of green tea.
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sherifmokbel/
Behance: https://www.behance.net/sherifmokbe

Sonia Massari

Sonia Massari is the Executive and Academic Director of Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies. She received her PhD in Food Systems and Interaction Design, from the Electronic Engineering Department of the University of Florence (Italy).  In 2012, she began working as a scientific consultant and senior researcher for the BCFN Foundation. Winner of the Women and Technologies Award 2012 intended for women committed to innovation in food and nutrition. In 2014, Dr. Massari won NAFSA’s TLS KC’s Innovative Research in International Education Award ( Integrating Food Design in Food Studies curriculum). She is Women for EXPO Ambassador. She actively collaborates as professor and researcher with U.S. and Italy-based international organizations and institutions on food-relates issues (ADI  Food Design Commission, FDxEDucation platform,....) She is faculty member at ISIA Design School and Scuola Politecnica di Design Milan. She is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Food Design (IJFD), which is the first academic journal entirely dedicated to Food Design research and practice. She is co-founder and co-director of "2015 UFD Conference: from user centered to people centered design".

Stephen Satterfield

Stephen Satterfield is a writer, poet and digital media producer. Over the last 13 years he's enjoyed a unique and diverse career in food and beverage, working as a sommelier, restaurant manager, urban gardener and activist. He is also the founder of Whetstone (www.whetstonemagazine.com), a forthcoming magazine and web series on food origin and culture. Follow his musings and travels @isawstephen and see his portfolio of local food stories at www.nopalize.com.

Tamasin Ramsay

Dr Tamasin Ramsay is a meditator and anthropologist. She is former NGO Representative to the United Nations for the Brahma Kumaris. She has a particular interest in collaborating with communities that bring innovative practices that respond to wide-reaching global concerns. While visiting farms in India, she saw the potential that Sustainable Yogic Agriculture has to bring significant change to smallholder farming communities, Dr Ramsay also has a particular interest in addressing the disconnect that is the foundation of many of our global problems such as climate change, food security, environmental disasters and social violence.

Judith Klinger

Judith Klinger is a Founder and Director of World-Eats.org. She believes in eating well, laughing hard, and sharing meals with [...]

Robin Ove

Robin E. H. Ove is a freelance photographer and writer who lives on the Monterey Bay in California where she [...]